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The campaign for justice for the eight-year-old victim of Kathua rape and murder case is gaining momentum across Kashmir with students and people holding protest marches across the length and breadth of the valley yesterday, giving police a tough time. "Two others, who had suffered minor bruises, were given first aid and discharged", a doctor at Anantnag district hospital, said. Reports said students pelted stones at the forces, who responded by firing teargas shells and pellets, leaving several students injured.

Over a dozen students were injured in clashes with security forces in south Kashmir's Shopian, where students hit the streets on Thursday, demanding death penalty for the culprits in Kathua rape case.

Similar reports of protests and clashes were received from Ajas Bandipora, Delina and Boniyar Baramulla where students of high and higher secondary schools staged protests and clashed with forces.

He said while mobile Internet services were working normally in the rest of the valley, the speed has been reduced in the four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian of south Kashmir.

Akhtar, while replying to a tweet said that students should be attending classes.

As the protests intensified, a police party reached at the spot to disperse the protesting students.

Also, female girl students were also raising slogans inside the school campus. A photo of a Maruti auto apparently parked in the campus, whose rear windshield lay smashed, went viral on social media. "While protests over the brutal Kathua rape and murder are held across the world, but when we come out to protest, bullets and pellets are being showered upon us", she added. "Such an incident happening in our country after 70 years of indepen-dence is shameful". We have to think what kind of society we are developing.