Kashmir man tied to jeep by India troops sparks anger

Posted April 18, 2017

The banned students' union of Kashmir University- the state's oldest university - had given a call for peaceful protests after troops reportedly used force against college students on Saturday in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, 35 kilometres away from Srinagar. The cops in retaliation fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.

On Saturday a street vendor was shot dead by India's Border Security Force and on Sunday three people were killed by suspected rebels, one a former counter-insurgent. Several police and other security personnel were also injured in stone-pelting by students in Srinagar and elsewhere, officials said.

Police said they were maintaining "extreme restraint" while dealing with the student protests.

"We want to lodge our protest against the forces raid on a college and beating and injuring of students".

An order issued by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that all the universities, Higher Secondary Schools and colleges shall remain closed tomorrow "as a precautionary measure".

Incidents were reported from Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts.

Authorities on Monday directed telecom companies to shut their mobile 3G and 4G services in the Kashmir Valley, sources said.

Soon after, protests broke out in nearby Women's College and other colleges in the city and elsewhere in the valley.

The protesting students, mostly from degree colleges across the valley and some universities, tried to take out rallies but were stopped by police, leading to clashes, police officials said. In the videos, a PDP leader and a trader seek forgiveness and announce disassociation from mainstream politics on gunpoint.

Students across Kashmir are restive over the daring police raids on the Pulwama College.

In the meantime, National Conference's working president Omar Abdullah questioned the handling of students' protests by the Jammu and Kashmir government. Is @MehboobaMufti not alert to situation?

Kashmiris have been seething with anger since April 9, when eight people were killed by government troops during clashes on a polling day for India's parliament seat.

At least two controversial video clips emerged online and went viral over the past week.

It is believed Dar was targeted after he was accused of pelting stones at the Indian army personnel.

"Such videos are only aimed at creating scare in general public", a senior police official said.

The video footage shows a man tied to the front of the vehicle.