Kashmir

Alleged thrashing of students by army triggers protest in Kupwara

Srinagar, April 15 (GNS): People including students and women protested at Sogam in Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday against thrashing of two students allegedly by the army at Badibera earlier in the day.

The protesting people said that army men beat two students while they were protesting at Badibera against the brutal rape-and-murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano of Rasana Kathua.

The students were also demanding transport facility during the peak hours, they said. Both the students were taken to hospital where one of them was discharged after first aid, they said.

Station House Officer (SHO) concerned told GNS that during the student protest at Badibera, some miscreants hurled stones at the army vehicles including an army ambulance of 28 RR carrying a patient, which resulted into an altercation.

In the incident, a student Nasir Sajad Mir received minor injuries and was hospitalized, he said, adding that window panes of army ambulance were smashed due to stone pelting.

The police officer said the students were demanding justice for Asifa and transport facility in their area during school hours. The situation was brought under control later, he added.

An army spokesman based in Kupwara said soldiers escorting the army ambulance were on way to Kupwara when students stopped them and pelted stones despite requests from the officers and soldiers to allow them.

The officer, however, denied beating students and said that the person suffered injuries in stone pelting.

Block Medical Officer, Sogam Dr Firdous told GNS owing to his head injuries, one student was referred to Handwara hospital for medical examinations including the CT scan. However he said condition of the student was stable.

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