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Despite warning and closure of Coaching Centre, clashes continue

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By: Mudasir Khan

Srinagar: After the Sunday warning by Education Minister Altaf Bukhari to students that they would be declared as hoodlums, if they will not shun the protests and join their classes. He also declared that all the Coaching Centre across Kashmir Valley have been closed by the government as according to him they were proving as distraction for the students. He however has not been able to explain it and the Association of Coaching Centres said that they will approach Court and blamed the bureaucrats of Education Department for this mess.

On Monday, news flowed from across Kashmir Valley that students clashed with security forces and police while demanding justice for the Kathua minor. Reports said that dozens of students were injured in clashes with police at Bandipora, Sopore, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Anantnag.

Reports from Ganderbal said that intense clashes broke-out between students of Degree College Ganderbal with police and security forces. Latest reports said that as the tear-smoke could not break the protests, police and security forces have fired pellets on the protesting students. More details about the injuries to the students at Ganderbal are awaited.

At Sopore, apart from Girls and Boys students, the students of Law College Sopore also took to streets, demanding justice for the Kathua minor. Similar protests were witnessed throughout the day at different places in Bandipora district. Earlier, in the Kangan Township, boys and girls of Higher Secondary Schools took out a procession demanding capital punishment to the culprits responsible for the killing of Kathua minor.

In Srinagar city, girls students took out procession near Pratap Park and police dispersed them by chasing them away. Similarly many students were injured at Anantnag when the students of Degree College Anantnag took out a procession demanding justice for the minor of Kathua.

Opposition parties and JRL have described the latest decision of the government to close down the Private Coaching Centres as a part of a greater design of not allowing the students of Kashmir getting education on daily basis. Recently, the data released by the Private Coaching Centres has said that in the past 50 days government has closed down educational institutions for 30 days. They said that in the same 50 days period, the Association of Coaching Centres said that they kept imparting education to the students for 45 days. They have described the latest decision of the government to close down private coaching centres as anti-student and said that about 5000 employees connected with these coaching centers will suffer.

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