GGM College students demand action against police for lathicharge on pro-India protesters
State Times News JAMMU: Pro-Pakistan and anti-India sloganeering by a section of stranded passengers from the Kashmir Valley, camping here in Jammu, on Monday created a piquant situation for the police and the State Administration as chaos prevailed in the GGM Science College area following simultaneous protests by them and the students of college. According to reports, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans were reportedly raised by a section of stranded passengers shortly after they were directed by the district authorities to report at Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for registration to avail air travel services organised by the State government to clear the rush of stranded passengers.
The passengers were putting up in a hostel located adjacent to the boundary wall of the GGM Science College.
Since the district authorities had put a rider to first give priority to students, sick and senior citizens staying away from their homes, the stranded passengers objected to the ‘diktat’. They raised anti-India slogans while demanding airlift from Jammu at the earliest.
No official authority, till late evening, had confirmed whether anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans were raised by the stranded passengers till late evening, claiming it is a subject matter of investigation which is currently on.
Meanwhile, on hearing anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans large number of GGM Science College students boycotted their classes and staged peaceful demonstration near the exit gate of the college but within the premises.
As both the groups came on to the streets around the same time, the police was directed to open mild cane charge on college students to prevent possible clash between the slogan shouting protesters from both the sides. DIG Jammu-Kathua Dr Vivek Gupta, SSP Jammu Tejinder Singh, SHO Nowabad Neeraj Bhagat also reached to the spot but the protesting students raised their voice over the slogans raised.
After the policemen, accused of beating GGM Science College students, entered the college premises several other students received injuries as chaos prevailed in the area for some time. Some of the college girls and other students also bore the brunt of lathi-charge and again staged protest demonstrations demanding action against the policemen for targeting them and sparing those who were shouting pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Vice President of the JJSF unit of GGM Science College Atul Sudan claimed the students boycotted classes to register their protest against raising anti-India slogans by the stranded passengers and some students from the same region.
Sudan warned that if the policemen behind lathi-charge were not punished immediately students from other colleges would also join to intensify their stir in support of their demands.
Senior Superintendent of Police Jammu Tejinder Singh and DIG Jammu-Kathua range also visited the GGM Science College and hoisted the Tricolour in the college premises to cool down their tempers.
Police later filed two separate cases into the incident under FIR numbers 14/2019 under sections 147, 148, 336, 427, 124, 341 (against those who raised anti-national slogans and indulged in violence) and FIR 15 /2019 under section 336 (scuffle between the students and the Kashmiris which led to disturbance). “We have taken cognizance and those raising anti-national slogans are being segregated,” said a senior police officer.
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