Srinagar: All Jammu & Kashmir Students’ Union (AJKSU) along with students from valley’s nook and corner on Monday held protest demonstrations against the incident which happened in Government Degree College Pulwama alleging that ‘students were attacked with teargas shells to scatter them by holding peaceful protest.’

According to the statement, the union said, “It has now became a war between ‘Pens vs Pellets’ and ‘Books vs Bullets’.”

They said that security forces used tear smoke shells against protesting students at Srinagar, Shopian, Sopore, Anantnag and Kulgam and Baramulla colleges in which hundreds of students were injured.

AJKSU President, Syed Tajamul Imran condemned the forces’ action in which students sustained injuries.

“It is inhuman and barbaric act”, Tajamul said, adding that “students were not having any arms in their hands, they were holding playcards and there was nothing wrong with that.”

He demanded strict action against the soldiers without any further delay involved in Government Degree College Pulwama incident and demanded that the students who have been detained by police should be released immediately.

Tajamul said that Govt has turned spring bloom red and has failed in every aspect.

Junaid Dar and Javed Nabi, Vice President and General Secretary of the union in joint statement said that “Using force to quell the students who were demanding their rights is sheer injustice with the students.”

They said that the violence which happened in several colleges have ‘terrorized student community’. “Soldiers involved in these atrocities, crimes should be strictly dealt with, otherwise this will adversely affect the system,” they added.

“Using pellets and teargas shells against students in a college is sheer brutality on part of the largest democracy and is highly deplorable,” the statement reads.

Additional Spokesman of the union, Nasir Khuehami said that “there is no connection between the forces and the educational institutes but despite that the forces have entered in the Degree College and have beaten the students there.”

“The educational institutions must not become a political hub,” he said. “Those responsible for the incident and beating of students must be punished,” he demanded. (KNS)


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