Kashmir: Teen shot dead; 54 students wounded in clashes

A Kashmiri student throws a piece of stone during a protest in Srinagar April 17. ─Reuters

A Kashmiri student throws a piece of stone during a protest in Srinagar April 17. ─Reuters

A 17-year-old was reportedly shot dead by security forces on Saturday in Indian-administered Kashmir while at least 50 college students were wounded by police officers who fired pellets and tear gas.

Local reports said that the police had set up a checkpost near and outside the government degree college in Pulwama, which irritated the students.

The security personnel resorted to baton charge and fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors.

The SSP said that they were investigating upon the reasons of attack on security forces.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rayees Bhat told Greater Kashmir that the clashes were triggered by students protesting against the checkpoint by pelting stones.


They said that the students came out of the college and raised slogans.

At least, five persons were hurt during the clash, the official said.

Meanwhile, a police statement issued here said: "A normal check point was established around 200 meters away from the College". They further added that five injured were referred to Srinagar hospitals but all of them are stable. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

"Three were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment".

Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Pulwama, Dr Abdul Rashid Parra said that 54 injured students were treated in the hospital.

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