Srinagar,Oct 16,CNS: CRPF troopers and police on Tuesday burst tear smoke shells to break up a pro-freedom protest by the students of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) here in this south Kashmir district.
According to local sources, since early morning, students of IUST assembled at the campus and staged a pro-freedom demonstration against the killing of top Hizb commander Mannan Bashir Wani and his associate by the government forces in an encounter last week.
The students tried to march outside the campus, local sources said.
However, as soon as they came out of the varsity, a posse of government forces intercepted them, local sources added.
Meanwhile, local sources also added that, angry students pelted rocks at the government forces, who responded by lobbing tear gas canisters which led to the outbreak of fierce clashes.
The clashes were going on when the last reports came in!