Police enter Handwara college beat Teachers, Students to pulps

Government forces on Wednesday used teargas to disperse students of the Government Degree College, Handwara, who were protesting against the killing of their fellow student Shahid Bashir Mir by the forces a few days ago.
The protesters accused the forces of entering the college premises and beating up several teachers and students after trying to subdue the protest by firing teargas canisters.
Several girl students who fainted after inhaling tear gas were taken to the sub-district hospital Handwara for treatment, the protesters said. One of the teachers sustained minor injury, they said.
A delegation of teachers later went to meet the deputy commissioner of Kupwara to register their protest against the forces’ action. However, they met additional deputy commissioner Muzaffar Ahmad Shah and complained against the forces.
The students were demanding an investigation into the killing of Shahid Mir, who was a second year student at the college.
Mir’s bullet-riddled body had been found in a forest on the night of August 21 and the army had claimed that they had killed a militant. However, the deputy commissioner had stated that Mir had no militancy links.
Handwara deputy superintendent of police Shabir Ahmad Khan said the police didn’t enter the college premises. He dismissed as baseless the protesters’ charge that teachers were manhandled.

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