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SRINAGAR The students of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) on Monday staged a protest in Srinagar to demand release of their varsity mates detained by the forces during a night raid last week. Students staged a protest at Press colony in Srinagar to press for the release of Suhail Ahmad and Muhammad Ismail, residents of Shopian and Baramulla respectively.

The students were holding placards with messages like “no class till release”, “Justice delayed is justice denied”. “Both the students are innocent with no links with militants whatsoever, how come can they be militants when they regularly attended their classes at the university’, said Adil Farooq, a university student. 

“Under pressure from the administration, the university has suspended our classes, but this will not stop us from protesting,” he said. The students said that the duo was arrested from their rental accommodation outside the university on Friday night following which the students blocked the Nowgam highway in protest. 

“We met the concerned SDM who assured that the students will be released but nothing was done, he said. The students threatened of intensifying protests if their detained mates were not released immediately.