Students protest on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Lethpora, block highway
Srinagar, April 2: Protests broke out between the student
families and government forces deployed on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Lethpora
after forces allegedly stopped the school buses and thrashed many students.
According to reports a
school bus belonging to Hajahad High School Awantipora was not allowed to move
ahead despite an official order by the authorities that school buses and
ambulances shall be allowed to move during the convoy. However when the students protested the CRPF
men deployed thrashed many students including a minor girl.
“Some of us were thrashed
only because we argued with them as they stopped our bus for no reason at all,”
one of the protesting students said.
Scores of the locals later
joined the protest and blocked the highway. The furious local protestors said
that they are being harassed every day by the forces. “If there is a formal
order of allowing the students and ambulances, why don’t they follow that,”
said a local protestor.
Meanwhile, a CRPF official
denied all the allegations and said that “forces did not harm anybody.”
Pertinently, after the
February 14 attack at Lethpora central government issued a circular that not to
allow any traffic movement during the army convoy.