Srinagar, Apr 20: “Point has been made; now is time to resume regular class-work.” This is what Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) told the students of the Valley today – though not in these very words.
In a statement here, KUSU urged the student community to resume their classes after a “successful display of resistance, unity and valor”.
It said the protests in solidarity with the students assaulted by “occupational forces” at Pulwama Degree College was “not only exemplary but a historic message put across the globe that the struggle of right to self-determination is deep rooted in the conscience of every man, woman and youth of Jammu and Kashmir.”
KUSU also said that it should be kept in mind that while resuming class-work the “students should make resistance against Indian occupation a way of life” and raise voice against the oppression whenever needed or necessary.
“The treachery of the oppressive state mechanism have already begun its co-optive measures to subvert our just struggle for freedom from forcible occupation of India by creating various youth and students’ organisations linked directly to pro-India political parties or in the form of shadowy extensions, with full support and patronage from occupational machinery,” the KUSU statement alleged while asking the students to be vigilant and wary of such “divisive attempts by the state”.
KUSU also cautioned students to be wary against any attempts of fund-raising in the name of students injured since Monday.
Meanwhile, while class-work in colleges across Kashmir remained suspended for the third consecutive day today in wake of the students' protests against the alleged high-handedness of government forces, authorities ordered there will be no class-work in higher secondary schools on Friday as well.
The teaching work in all colleges across Kashmir Valley remained suspended for the third day following orders to this effect by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, officials said.
Khan yesterday issued directions for suspending the teaching work in all colleges of Kashmir division for two more days till tomorrow as a “precautionary measure”.
Meanwhile, in a fresh communiqué today, Divisional Administration Kashmir said teaching work in all the higher secondary institutions of the Kashmir shall remain suspended till April 21, 2017 as a “precautionary measure”.
After Monday's widespread protests against the alleged high-handedness of government forces against students of Degree College Pulwama on Saturday, the divisional administration had issued orders for closure of Kashmir University, all colleges and higher secondary schools across the Valley for a day on Tuesday.
In the wake of the separatists' call for protests after Friday prayers, the Divisional Commissioner yesterday issued fresh orders for suspending the teaching work for two more days till April 21.
However, Kashmir University resumed classes yesterday.
While over 50 students were injured in the action of government forces, including army, against students at Pulwama on the weekend, Monday's clashes also left several dozen students injured. Five police personnel were also injured.