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Srinagar :  The Paramedical students on Tuesday staged a protest in Srinagar to demand the release of their classmate Muhammad Iqbal who was detained by police on Srinagar-Jammu highway on September 13.

The students, holding placards reading ‘Release Iqbal’, ‘Iqbal is innocent’, ‘Where is the brother of 7 sisters’, assembled at press enclave here and chanted slogans in favour of Iqbal, a resident of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Iqbal, according to the police, was detained on September 12 from a truck in which three militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad were travelling before being killed in a gunfight a day later.

“Iqbal had gone to Jammu for medical purposes as his father is suffering from cancer. He has seven sisters, he can’t do this. We know him; the allegations against him are totally baseless,” Ishrat, one of the students said.

Iqbal, a resident of Futlipora village in Pakherpora area of Budgam, last attended his class on September 9, they said.

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