IUST awantipora suspends class work, postponed exams scheduled on Tuesday

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The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) on Tuesday suspended class work and postponed all examinations which were scheduled to be held on today as a precautionary measure in view of day-long protests by students on Monday.

An official of the university said that all class work will remain suspended today as a precautionary measure.

All scheduled examinations have also been postponed and fresh date will be announced later, he said.

Students boycotted their classes and held massive protests within the campus at Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama yesterday alleging that security forces and state police personnel stopped university buses and later arrested several students.

Raising slogans against these arrests, the students, including women, further alleged that an engineering student and his father were arrested by police during raid on Thursday. Demanding release of all arrested students, the students clashed with the security forces who entered the campus and burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge.

However, the students, including women, refused to leave the campus despite assurance by the university authorities that they will take up the matter with administration. We were protesting within the campus till late in the evening, students said.

It was only when the students, arrested when they were on way to university in the morning, were released we agreed to leave for our homes, the women students said adding later university buses were pressed into service to take us home. The released students alleged that they were tortured in the police stations.

Apprehending more trouble today, the university authorities suspended class work and postponed examinations.

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