Kashmir: Another school building set on fire in Anantnag district

During the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley, 25 schools, most of them run by the government in south Kashmir, have been destroyed in mysterious fires.

By: IANS | Srinagar | Updated: October 31, 2016 8:03 am
Kashmir, Kashmir schools set on fire, Kashmir schools, kashmir schools fire, kashmir unrest, kashmir school exams, kashmir curfew, burhan wani, indian express, india news Kashmiri girls study in an ad-hoc learning center set up in a community marriage hall in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. With daily life still paralyzed by strikes and rolling curfews, dozens of learning centers have popped up in people’s homes or religious centers like mosques in Kashmir since August. (Source: AP)

Unknown arsonists on Sunday set ablaze a school building in a south Kashmir village, pushing the number of educational institutes gutted in mysterious fires to 25 during the ongoing unrest.

The police said the residents detected the fire in the central government-run Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Aishmuqam of Anantnag district. The fire was extinguished quickly and a major damage to the building was prevented.

During the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley, 25 schools, most of them run by the government in south Kashmir, have been destroyed in mysterious fires.

Authorities said they have identified miscreants who were torching schools in a planned conspiracy.

There has been no classwork in any school in the valley in the last 112 days of turmoil that has left at least 92 persons dead and thousands injured.

The continued closure of schools has been worrying parents, especially of children studying at the 10+2 level, whose final exams were to be conducted in October-November.

“Children have to sit for various professional courses based on their performance in the 10+2 exams. These professional entrance exams are held throughout the country as per a fixed calendar which won’t be deferred for my son,” a father, whose son is studying in a Srinagar school, told IANS.

The government is locked in a tug of war with separatist leaders who have been spearheading the unending series of protests and shutdown in the valley.

Separatist leaders ruled out any possibility of exempting schools from their weekly protest moves. They say allowing children to attend schools in the times of turmoil would be risking their lives. However, they have distanced themselves from the acts of arson targeting schools.

Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said those involved in torching schools are “enemies of the people of Kashmir”.

The state government has vowed to have exams of all classes conducted by end November even if schools don’t open by then. Demands from students to have these exams postponed to March next year have not found favour with the authorities.

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    IML sood
    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    Hunt down these mad wild dogs and kill them ruthlessly playing with careers of young students.No mercy is needed for them.
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      Jay
      Oct 30, 2016 at 10:22 am
      "Award Vapsis", "Intellectuals", fake "Intolerance" campaigners, Corrupt Media editors - Where are you hiding? Why no analysis, no editorials condemning the attacks on the schools? Do you only raise your "voice" when terrorists are attacked?
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        MyTake
        Oct 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm
        All that the families can do is to ask Govt. to give opportunities to send their children elsewhere in the country, may be in subsidised schools until things get better.
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          MyTake
          Oct 30, 2016 at 10:29 pm
          It is reported their elder brothers in IS kneaded 250 children to death in bread machines in Syria!!
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            Amrita
            Oct 31, 2016 at 10:25 am
            It looks like the separatist leaders want a generation of illiterates at any cost. There will be serious repercussions of lack of education of this school going generation. I wish there are individuals who stand up to the separatist leaders and ask them the hard questions. Write an open letter or two.
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              vijay
              Oct 31, 2016 at 5:19 am
              uming that this outrage is conceived by the separatists one has to work out the why? The modus opei, it seems, the separatists want human shields in form of young boys .They want to fire their dirty weapons on the shoulders of these impressionable young people.. When the schools are working most of them are attending the cles because the parents will make sure of that.So the the terrorist find the human shield is spread rather thin on the ground.So they devised an easy solution- Burn the schools down and free up the shield potion.One thing very noteworthy here is that those insutions where the terrorist leader's kins are attending do not catch fire at all. strange that!
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                vijay
                Oct 31, 2016 at 5:42 am
                Sashi,I am sorry, Partially you have missed the point that is Kashmiri people are very good but are guided by rope on the nose by bigots who cannot think outside the age old religious dogmas which will garner more power and control on to them.They play on the impressionable mind of the young in the name religion and set one set of Indian against the other. The sooner we can realize this, some thing can be done about it.
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                  Raj
                  Oct 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm
                  Boko Haram in Kashmir! Good work by the separatists. Indian military can't control this - and you want an independent Kashmir? The day Indian Army left Kashmir - in 1 year it will turn into Sudan or Afghanistan - mark these words.
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