Kathua case: Students clash with security forces in J&K towns


As tensions continue to rise, two police officers and several students were injured in clashes as violent protests broke out in various parts of Kashmir valley today against the communal gang-rape and murder of the eight-year-old Asifa in which eight persons from the Hindu community have been arrested so far.

Scores of students, including girls, from different educational institutes hit the streets on Wednesday morning at K P road on Khanabal-Pahalgam road in Anantnag, demanding justice for the Kathua girl.

Reports said that students of Girls Higher Secondary School staged protests near Iqbal Market Sopore.

In Srinagar's HMT, Sakidafer and Safakadal areas, the students were protesting against the Kathua rape and murder incident, hampered the traffic movement for hours. A police official said that situation was brought under control within the shortest span of time.

They also demanded setting up of a fast-track court for speedy delivery of justice in the case.

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Shouting slogans in favour of the rape and murder victim, the protesting students tried to take out a protest march.

Akhtar's cabinet colleague and Shia leader Imran Ansari also appealed to the students to concentrate on their studies, asserting that justice would be delivered.

The forces Tossed up numerious tear gas shells to quell the Protesting students, which created panic, witnesses said.

Students coming from various coaching centres as per reports assembled near Jamia Masjid pelted stones on deployed forces.

The protests occurred despite the authorities suspending class work in educational institutions at many places in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag districts.