J&K’s most hypersensitive district was without DC, SSP on the day of clashes on Saturday
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
JAMMU: Government on Tuesday ordered attachment of the Principal of Degree College Pulwama and directed Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir to hold an inquiry into his role and responsibility for the clashes that rocked the Valley on last Saturday.
Authoritative sources revealed to STATE TIMES that a meeting of the State Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, expressed disappointment over the way a major clash between 5,000 students of the college and the Police and security forces had taken place on premises of the educational institute on April 15th. Over 50 students and dozens of Police and CRPF personnel had sustained injuries in the clashes that went on for hours.
This newspaper learned that the State’s most hypersensitive district had been left without Deputy Commissioner and SSP as both, Muneerul Islam (DC) and Rayees Mohammad Bhat (SSP) were on leave in New Delhi and Jammu respectively on that particular day. The Cabinet decided that Principal Abdul Hamid would remain attached to the office of Director Colleges and Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan would hold an inquiry into the circumstances that led to a fierce clash on the premises and injuries to over 50 students and more than 30 Police and CRPF personnel.
Immediately after the Cabinet meeting, General Administration Department issued the order of the Principal’s attachment “pending inquiry by Divisional Commissioner”.
Videos of clashes and the CRPF action against the students went viral in social media and triggered a chain reaction in almost all the colleges and universities on Monday. Thousands of students, including females, gathered and staged protests on the campuses before coming out on streets. At several places, intense clashes took places between the angry students and Police.
In one of the videos, Principal Abdul Hamid was seen beseeching the security forces to stop baton charge and tear gas shelling on the students. Purpose of the Police and CRPF entering the College is still unclear.
Authorities were forced to close down all educational institutions above Standard 8th in entire Kashmir valley for Tuesday. Even on Wednesday, Colleges and Higher Secondary school would remain closed in Pulwama and Shopian districts.
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