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Thrashing of students by CRPF triggers protests in IoK

ISLAMABAD:Anti-India protests broke out in Lethpora area of Pulwama district against the thrashing of students, frequent raids on the houses and harassment of inmates by Indian forces.

According to reporter, people took to the streets after the personnel of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force stopped school buses and thrashed the students. The protesters

also including the family members of students told media men that the CRPF personnel deployed on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Lethpora were not allowing the school buses to move on the road.

The protesters said that a school bus belonging to a High School in Awantipora was not allowed to move ahead despite an official order that school buses and ambulances would not be stopped even during the movement of Indian forces’ convoys. However, when the students protested against the move, CRPF men deployed on the highway thrashed students including a minor girl.

“Some of us were thrashed only because we argued with them as they stopped our bus for no reason at all,” one of the protesting students said.

Later, many locals joined the protest and blocked the highway. The furious protestors said that they were being harassed every day by the Indian forces. “If there is a formal order of allowing the students and ambulances, why don’t they follow that,” said a local protestor.

Meanwhile, massive fire engulfed the District Hospital Ramban on Tuesday blazing the main block of the hospital.

Panic gripped the hospital after the fire emanated from the main block of the hospital housing drug store, damaging medicine and related records.

Four oxygen cylinders which were stored in the drug store triggered blasts, causing damages to windowpanes of the hospital.

The fire and emergency personnel along with the local residents are on job to douse the flames.

The fire was yet to be brought under control and there was no report of loss of life or injuries at the time of filing of this report.