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Most educational institutions shut down in J&K

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Amid calls of hanging of rapist as students continue to clash with the police, the authorities in and on Wednesday shut down most educational institutions in the valley.

Fearing further spurts in violence as the protests took centre-stage after two consecutive rape incidents were reported in Bandipora and districts, colleges in city, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Kupwara, Badgam and other districts were ordered to remain shut.

Even the higher secondary schools were closed in many towns with and other situation.

The protests were further fuelled on Tuesday after reports of the rape incident surfaced even as the valley was already seething over the May 9 Bandipora case. Police said the incident happened on Sunday.

The students of different educational institutions demanded justice to the victims and stern punishment to the accused as they clashed with the security forces.

Students of (AS) College, Srinagar, carrying placards and banners, staged protests in the college campus. They have been demanding death penalty to the accused.

The students of Law College Nowshera also took out a protest rally. The MBBS students of in Bemina assembled in the premises and staged protests. They demanded the death penalty to the accused.

The students of various departments of also took out peaceful protest rally inside the campus on Tuesday so did students of Boniyar in Uri in north Kashmir.

Students of Government Degree College Kangan in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district skipped their classes and took out a protest march from the college campus to main market Kangan. The protesters carried placards reading: "Justice for Victim and Hang the Rapist".

Police has already arrested the accused, Muhammad Asif Wani, 20, for allegedly raping a minor girl in his native Haran village of Ganderbal district. The victim is aged around 15 years.

In the Bandipora case too, accused Tahir Ahmed Mir, has been arrested.

A Shia-Sunni coordination committee of religious have also appealed to the people to maintain calm and end protests as police have nabbed culprits in both cases.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 10:42 IST