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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First Published on: October 30, 2016 2:34 pm
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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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                    avi
                    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm
                    Geelani the rogue will protect his g children's school ask him who is doing it ?
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                      Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                      Oct 30, 2016 at 3:08 pm
                      As long as people fight against the separatists these things will not stop. People hound them like hounding mad dogs and beat them to death.
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                        DD
                        Oct 30, 2016 at 9:14 pm
                        stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;.... lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;'''''''' lt;br/gt;...
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                          Brar
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 2:28 am
                          Why be surprised? While Islam is a great Semitic religion some of its followers who are neo-converts are blind. The Prophet of Islam would have been shocked. Islam looks for true knowledge and truth not fanaticism. Kashmiri people are blessed with high intelligence and great physical abilities thus these terrorists will be frustrated and this state of India prosper.
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                            Sriniwasan
                            Oct 30, 2016 at 11:40 am
                            Let the inspired destroy schools but let not the students suffer.I would suggest,let the Government get all the students to a Community Hall Premise either in Jammu,HP or Punjab and give them intense coaching with free boarding and lodging.lt;br/gt;This way students will benefit without losing a precious academic year.
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                              harith
                              Oct 31, 2016 at 12:31 am
                              Five may be better
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                                P.THAPAR
                                Oct 31, 2016 at 4:35 am
                                DO NOT REBUILD THESE SCHOOLS,LET PEOPLE OF KASHMIR FEEL THE PINCH WHEN THEIR CHILDREN CANNOT GO TO SCHOOL .MAY BE THEN THEY FEEL WHAT TYPE OF AZADI THEY ARE ASKING,NO SCHOOLS,ONLY MADRARRAS RUN BY MAULVIS.
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                                  JayHind
                                  Oct 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm
                                  Huriyat and rss two face of British £
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                                    DILIP
                                    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:10 am
                                    Islamic BARBARISM and BIGOTRY is on display. Talibainising will not succeed.
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                                      mlpandit
                                      Oct 30, 2016 at 10:27 am
                                      This is no news It is a practice when unlimited funding is available from the Union government.
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                                        N. Basu
                                        Oct 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
                                        The Hurriyat that spearheads brazenly and openly the moves to breakdown the law and order of a state. Doing this they have made themselves common criminals and are surely be prosecuted for their acts of 'treason' and 'crime' against a 'state'. To carry a fair and uninterrupted trial of the group and its members, they must be shifted to another state where they shall be incarcerated and denied any connection with the media. They must then serve their terms which the 'law' shall pronounce at a location long away from their followers. Should there come a tumult in the wake of the removal of the poison source, the 'state' shall counter it with all its might. The Law, Order and Justice must be seen to act.
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                                          Nishith Bhatt
                                          Oct 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                                          School burning will make these children perpetual bhikharis, without education and then without work. Or maybe criminals, to be punished or even shot dead......
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                                            Vihari Naidu
                                            Oct 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                                            Barbarians, do they need education....?
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