Handwara, the epicentre of last week’s unrest over alleged molestation of a girl, again witnessed clashes on Thursday between locals and security forces but no one was injured. About 30-40 students of Government Higher Secondary School Handwara assembled in the main chowk and protested against the recent incidents, a police official said.
Some students pelted stones on the security forces deployed there resulting in minor clashes, he said. Later, the protesting students were chased away by the forces, the official said, adding no one was injured. Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was the epicentre of week-long unrest triggered by alleged molestation of a girl on April 12.
In the cycle of violence that followed, five civilians lost their lives and curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Handwara and several other parts of Kashmir.
Three persons, including a woman, were killed in firing by security forces on protesters on April 12 while two more persons were killed in separate security forces’s action against protesters on April 13 and at Drugmulla and on April 15 at Nathnusa.