Not all Kashmiri students pelt stones: Mehbooba

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2017 09:56:07


AS SCHOOL students clashed with security forces in Pulwama district on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stressed that not every young Kashmiri was a stone pelter.

Kashmir once again stood at the crossroads, she said, but added peace would return to the troubled valley which has been seeing protests, mostly by students, over the last two months.

“There are some who pelt stones, but not all the youth from Kashmir do so,” she said, urging the national media not to highlight discussions that “developed hatred” against the people of the State.

Kashmiri students were“angry and disillusioned”, she told reporters at a brief interaction at the opening of the Civil Secretariat here, referring to the ongoing protests. In Pulwama,the anger was visible as school students marched against what they described as police highhandedness, clashing with security forces. Police said the students threw stones at the security personnel, who baton charged them.

The students were demanding action against security personnel who had allegedly roughed students up during the ongoing protests and demanded the release of those who had been arrested. The Chief Minister believed that some students were being “provoked”.