Kashmir students clash with Indian troops; many injured

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Thousands of students on Monday hit streets across Kashmir Valley and staged massive protests against recent police action in Pulwama Degree College that left 54 of their colleagues injured during which scores of agitating students were hurt.

Colleges in Kashmir valley would open on Wednesday after the government ordered the suspension of class work for next two days, due to student protests across Kashmir.

Protests however broke out today in parts of Kashmir including Sopore, Palhalan, Delina, Ajas, Nadihal and Kangam where students took out demonstrations in solidarity with the students of Pulwama Degree College who were assaulted by government forces last week.

Srinagar protesters chanted slogans "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom", with the rally turning violent as the police tried to stop them from marching through the city's main business area. (Right) A Kashmiri student throws a piece of stone during a protest in Srinagar April 17. Dozens of people were reported injured as students pelted police with stones and security forces fired tear gas and shotgun pellets.

On April 9, in Indian-administered Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Dar, 24, was allegedly seized by Indian army troops and tied to the front of a jeep to keep stone throwers from peppering a military convoy.

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"AJKSU on Tuesday held peaceful protests in many places including Kashmir University (KU) and Banihal (on Srinagar- Jammu national highway)". The overall polling percentage for the bypoll stood at a dismal 7.13 per cent, the worst Kashmir has seen after militancy erupted in the late 1980s.

The video has been widely shared on social media and has sparked outrage and a police investigation into the incident.

The Kashmir conflict is at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan of backing separatist fighters - a charge Islamabad denies.

The CPI on Monday called for restraining the security forces from attacking civilians in Jammu and Kashmir to win the confidence of the people in the state, which has been rattled by a series of fresh clashes.