#Kathua: Students continue to protest across valley, seek punishment for guilty


Srinagar, Student protests continued in parts of Kashmir even after the closure of educational institutions in restive districts on Thursday.

In Srinagar’s HMT, Sakidafer and Safakadal areas, the students were protesting against the Kathua rape and murder incident, hampered the traffic movement for hours.

At Gonikhan, traders organized a protest demanding capital punishment to the rapists. The protest was also organized by JK Youth Development Forum at Press Enclave Srinagar. Jammu Kashmir Students Association too staged protest denouncing Kathua rape and murder incident. They demanded action against two BJP Ministers who according to them formed Hindu Ekta Manch to support rapists.

A couple of students suffered minor injuries while police apprehended three youth at Sakidafar area of Srinagar city. Reports said that students hit to roads and pelted stones on deployed forces. To disperse them, police lobbed tear-smoke shells. A police official said that situation was brought under control within the shortest span of time.

Protesting students also blocked a road near Delina Baramulla as a result commuter faces a lot of inconveniences. Clashes also erupted in Rafiabad Sopore where students resorted to stone-pelting.

SDPO Sumbal Sheikh Tahir Amin and another cop Danish Ahmed were injured after clashes erupted between students and deployed forces at Ajas area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Reports said that students from Government Higher Secondary School Ajas took to roads and blocked Srinagar-Bandipora road. They were raising slogans demanding justice for the minor. As police tried to disperse them, they pelted stones while in response government forces lobbed tear-smoke shells. The clashes left four students injured.