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Police action inside classrooms: The Kashmir way

Aug 12, 2006:

Police action inside classrooms of a college can unsettle a democratic government anywhere in world, but Kashmir. On July 10 police used brute force inside classrooms of Amar Singh College in Srinagar, injuring forty students, five of them critically. Educationists allege quelling student voice is a state policy in Kashmir and not just an aberrant police action. Peerzada Arshad Hamid reports.

Brute force
Brute force
"We are dogs and we will prove that," policemen told the teachers at Amar Singh College Srinagar, as they went berserk beating students to pulp inside classrooms, and firing teargas shells inside the campus.

The trouble began on Thursday when students gathered for a mourning meeting to condole the killing of a fellow student by CRPF troopers at Dalgate Wednesday. Police and the CRPF claimed the killed student Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh was a militant and allegedly attempted to hurl a grenade at the troopers.

The students raised slogans and tried to take out a demonstration but were prevented by police who had cordoned off the college gates. As students resorted to sloganeering and alleged stone pelting from inside the campus, policemen charged into the campus and resorted to cane charge even inside class rooms.

"When I asked the Police officer how they entered the campus without my permission, he used very harsh language." Principal Amar Singh College Prof Shamshad said.

Protesting the incident the College Teachers Association observed a strike on Friday. Work in the colleges remained suspended and the University of Kashmir postponed all examinations scheduled on Friday.

"We want the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter, and want him to take necessary measures to uphold the dignity of educational institutions and discourage people who violate the sanctity of these institutions." President College Teachers Association Prof Tariq Ashai said.

"The environment of Amar Singh College has been spoiled by the police action. The students can hardly focus on studies now," Ashai added.

Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir, Prof Abdul Wahid Qureshi says police should not enter an educational institution without the permission of Principal. . .

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