Student unrest: SHRC directs ex-principal GDC Pulwama to put up appearance

State Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed former principal of Government Degree College (GDC) Pulwama to appear before the Commission in connection with the student unrest earlier this year in which over 55 students were injured in action by the government forces.

SHRC chairman, Justice (retd), Bilal Nazki, said, “Principal of GDC Pulwama has not responded to the notices sent by the SHRC and is directed to remain present on the next date of hearing on January 31 next year.” He further directed that the order should be forwarded to the Principal through the Senior Superintend of Police (SSP) Pulwama.

In October Commission had directed principal of Government Degree College Pulwama to appear before the Commission on 23 November with a compliance report. The petition regarding the GDC Pulwama incident was filed by the chairman of International Forum for Justice, Ahsan Untoo on 9 June.
Earlier police, in a reply to SHRC regarding the incident, stated that “ it was observed that the students of degree college Pulwama have become habitual of stone pelting upon police/security forces along with miscreants.”
In the report which was submitted by the SP Pulwama before the Commission, it was noted that, “Police didn’t enter the college premises despite grave provocation from the mob. At the main gate we manoeuvred the vehicles and chased the mob away as there was every possibility that if not chased, they could have overpowered the police deployment, which could have overpowered the police deployment”.
The incident at GDC Pulwama had triggered student unrest in Kashmir which lasted for more than four weeks and left dozens of students injured including the girls.