J&K: Irate mob sets fire to Army Goodwill School

The valley on Monday remained shut in protest against the killing of two youths by the Army in Bandipore

Written by Express News Service | Srinagar | Published: July 2, 2013 5:15:37 am

The valley on Monday remained shut in protest against the killing of two youths by the Army in Bandipore. A group of protests,raising slogans the Army,set on fire the Army Goodwill School at Hajin. In Bandipore,they torched an old government building.

Bandipore Deputy Commissioner M Y Zarger said the administration clamped curfew in parts of district. “Two rooms of an Army Goodwill School and the library was damaged,” he said. The police did not open fire on protesters and maintained restraint. “The situation is now under control,” said Zarger.

The police spokesman said protesters threw a bottle of petrol inside the school. “There was a small fire in one of the rooms. Fire was doused by the police and fire and emergency service personnel,” the spokesman said.

The protest call and strike was backed by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. However,government remained open and vehicles kept to roads.

Geelani Monday asked people to continue with their protests against the killing and called upon people to march towards Markandal and Kondabal villages,the native villages of two youths killed,on Wednesday. He also called for a Friday protest.

The protests erupted on Sunday after the Army “shot dead” two civilians. The police have file a murder case against 13 Rashtriya Rifles.

Killing of youths gruesome: Omar

A day after the Army “shot” two youths in Bandipore,Chief Minister Omar Abdullah termed the incident “gruesome”. “They lengthen the symbolic shortening of the emotional distance made possible by the railway tunnel between Kashmiris and the country. This is besides the fact that life is sacred,a gift from the Almighty. Losing it to needless violence is the ultimate tragedy and a loss that is irreparable,” said Omar in a statement. The CM said,“I do not have words to express my grief and outrage over this gruesome incident that was eminently avoidable and needless.” He said that his words are not rhetoric but an attempt to shoulder and bear the grief of the bereaved families and console them.

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