Use of force

The manhandling and trashing of students inside a college at Pulwama last week went viral and outrage of college students together with all political leadership was felt in response. Hundreds of students on Tuesday staged a protest by blocking the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Banihal town against alleged thrashing of students by paramilitary troopers in Chareel village. Students from various schools and colleges in the area descended on the highway and marched towards Banihal town where they blocked the highway demanding action against CRPF troopers who allegedly thrashed few students in Chareel village, five kilometres ahead of Banihal. Since Pulwama has been on boil since last Saturday with absolutely violent clashes with force personnel and dozens of students getting injured after forces fired teargas shells inside the college on Monday. All shops and other business establishments remained closed in the Pulwama town and other areas. Public transport also remained off the roads.

The cycles of clashes and violent protests are increasing day by day as same kind of reports of use of force against students was reported inside a college at Handwara and against many colleges and schools in the capital city of Srinagar. Universities, colleges and higher secondary schools remained closed across Kashmir on the orders of the divisional administration in view of the widespread student protests in the valley. A large number of female students staged a massive protest inside Kashmir University against the use of force on students. The female students from University hostels assembled in front of Iqbal Libarary and amid pro-freedom slogans denounced the attacks on the students. The protesting students demanded stern action against force personnel responsible for injuries of a girl student Iqra Sidiq from Nawakadal College.

Although Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered the closure of all Degree Colleges and SP Higher Secondary School (HSS) Srinagar for Wednesday citing more trouble or may be to handle situation promptly.

Instead of responding to call and wide spread anger from all most all measure colleges and universities of Kashmir the educational institutions have been converted in to the battlefields.

Govt is once again adopting same old method of crushing the peaceful protests by using force inside premises of different schools and colleges. The act has been criticized by every political leader, suggesting action against personnel of force responsible for at least first assault at Pulwama college students.

There are ample chances that clashes wouldn’t be remaining limited to school or college premises  alone and can engulf whole Kashmiri society in more serious trouble, the same crisis and the way people have come out recently.

Let the state Govt understand the situation well and device a strategy to deal with students differently than using force every time.