Alert teachers foil attempt to set school on fire in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: Alert teachers, also entrusted with protecting the educational institutions in their respective areas, foiled an attempt to set ablaze a government school in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said.

Official sources said that some unidentified people sprinkled kerosene on building of Government High School Sultanpora Kandi in north Kashmir district of Baramulla last night.

However, the teachers immediately doused the flames before the building could suffer major damage with the help of local residents. The miscreants managed to escape, they said.

Despite opposition by mainstream and separatist parties Board of School Education (BOSE) conducted 10th and 12th grade examinations from yesterday in the valley.

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More than 30 schools were gutted in mysterious fire in the Kashmir valley, where all educational institutions remained closed since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

However, subsequently massive protests erupted during which over 90 persons were killed and several thousand others were injured in security force and police actions in the valley, where life remained crippled for the past 130 consecutive days due to strike, called by separatists. As the incidents of arson witness increase later teachers and other staff of education department were directed to protect schools in their respective areas. A number of schools were saved by locals and staff members with the assistance of locals in the valley.

Police claimed to have identified more than 40 stone pelters, allegedly involved in setting schools on fire in the valley. However, about 30 others were arrested, mostly in south Kashmir, police said adding some of them might have fled to Chandigrah and Jammu.

However, separatists and other organizations strongly condemned police action alleging that police falsely implicated youths after pressure from the government and civil society.