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About 100 Kashmir students hurt in clash with Indian troops

The schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been closed and all university and other examinations scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed.

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.

Students of the S P College in Srinagar blocked the Maulana Azad Road on Monday as police used tear smoke in a bid to clear it.

Girls from a women's college in Srinagar also joined the protests as police battled hard to bring the situation under control.

Though reports claims that dozens of students were injured at the hands of the security forces, the police maintains that they exercised "extreme restrain" in their dealings with the students.

Witnesses told Greater Kashmir that students marched out of the college and staged protests against a check-point that was laid outside the college campus by the Special Operations Guard (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.

Similar protests are going on in Sopore, Baramulla, Bandipora, and Anantnag colleges. Colleges in Bejebehara and Khanabal are also on boil. The protesters even resorted to stone-pelting against the forces. The town was rattled as police lobbed scores of tear gas shells to disperse the students but they continued to engage police in stone-pelting. Fearing fresh protests by the agitating students, the authorities had announced the shutdown of Pulwama college for two days.

"I hope Mehbooba has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley".

Many students sustained injuries in police action across the Valley.

In the meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan issued an order and directed closure of all universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in Kashmir Valley tomorrow on April 18.

Amid heightened tensions in the wake of the daylong clashes, the authorities ordered suspension of mobile internet services in the Valley. Is @MehboobaMufti not alert to situation? A couple of video later went viral on the social media showing a student being severely beaten by security personnel on a road and, in another, a group of students-one of them bleeding- being thrashed and forced to chant anti Pakistan and anti separatists slogans inside a security force vehicle.