Colleges remain closed for third day in Kashmir

Monday's protests were called by Kashmir University Students Union, a banned student body.

Clashes between group of protesting students and security forces broke out here on Monday resulting in heavy lobbing of tear gas shells by the forces. There, in the southern Kashmiri town of Pulwama, over 50 students were injured as they fought with security forces in the streets.

As soon as the news about violent clashes spread, hundreds of students from Gandhi Memorial College Baba Demb, Bemina Degree College and Amarsingh College Gogji Bagh also took out protest rallies and staged anti-India protests. I stood in front of the vehicles and pleaded, with folded hands, to the policemen not to enter into the premises since the tempers were high among students following the entry of an army vehicle into the college the other day.

The Srinagar District Police administration has said that there was no deployment in the area, the spokesman said, adding that the matter was being investigated. There was complete shutdown in Pulwama Town. "But then the government forces climbed a gate of the college from stadium side and fired pellets", he said. The clashes have given rise to a fresh round of violence that is expected to grip Kashmir, if the situation spirals out of control.

Teenagers in school uniform and women students wearing white headscarves were among the protesters, who chanted anti-India slogans and threw stones at government forces. Reports said over three dozen students and two dozen security men were injured in Monday's clashes in the Valley. The clashes continued for several hours. The order came as the state authorities felt that there has been an attempt to disseminate fear and to show the security personnel in a bad light through online videos and social media.

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The north Kashmir districts also witnessed large-scale student protests. "I saw students suddenly rushing towards the college gate".

"We were peacefully protesting for what security forces did in Pulwama to our brothers".

With a view to discuss the current turbulent situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office Jitendra Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

3G and 4G mobile Internet services remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Tuesday apparently to discourage people from uploading video on the recent incidents on social media sites.

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