Jammu & Kashmir

Bandipora rape: Most educational institutes closed, Budgam observes shutdown for 4th consecutive day

Srinagar: As students continued to clash with police, in the aftermath of an alleged rape of a three year old girl in Bandipora, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday shut down most educational institutions in the valley.

Fearing further spurts in violence as the protests took centre-stage after two consecutive rape incidents were reported in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, colleges in Srinagar city, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Kupwara, Badgam and other districts were ordered to remain shut.

The students of different educational institutions demanded justice to the victims and stern punishment to the accused as they clashed with the armed forces.

Students of Amar Singh (AS) College, Srinagar, carrying placards and banners, staged protests in the college campus. They have been demanding death penalty to the accused.

The students of various departments of University of Kashmir also took out peaceful protest rally inside the campus on Tuesday so did students of Boniyar Higher Secondary School in Uri in north Kashmir.

Police has arrested the accused, Tahir Ahmed Mir.

Muhammad Asif Wani, 20, is also arrests for allegedly raping a minor girl in Ganderbal. The victim is aged around 15 years.

A Shia-Sunni coordination committee of religious have also appealed to the people to maintain calm and end protests as police have nabbed culprits in both cases.

A complete shutdown was also being observed in Magam and Budgam towns on this central Kashmir district on the fourth straight day against the rape of a minor girl in Sumbal.

Reports said that authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions in the two towns as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order situation.

They said that the internet services continue to remain suspended for the fourth straight day. Violent clashes were witnessed in the two towns over the past 3 days.


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