Clashes in Kashmir over Kathua rape, murder case


New Delhi, April 19: Clashes broke out between students and security forces in Baramulla and Shopian in Jammu-Kashmir on Thursday during protests over the Kathua rape and murder case.
Reports state that the protesting students came out in large numbers in the roads in Shopian town and Sopore, Boniyar and Delina towns of Baramulla district.
Security forces were reportedly forced to use tear gas and smoke gas shells to disperse the protesters when they resorted to stone pelting.
Though reports indicated that over 10 protestors may have been hurt, the police said no one has been reported injured.
Similar protests had erupted on Wednesday in Anantnag district of the state over the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in January.
The protesters who were students have been demanding justice for the victim. A clash with security force personnel had reportedly left 15 students injured.
Though protests over the Kathua incident have been on for the past few days, participation of students actively started since Monday. Even girls came out demanding justice for the victim.(Courtesy: TS)