Another school building set ablaze in Anantnag


A government school was set ablaze in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Sunday morning. No casualty has been reported from the spot.

The building suffered partial damage after the incident.  Eyewitnesses said that the school located in Kabamarg-Diyalgam area was damaged in the blaze.

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Sources said that the school was torched by unidentified persons.  Following the incident, fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

According to sources, this is the 25th incident of schools being set on fire after the recent wave of unrest.

This is the second incident this week. Earlier, Separatist leader said Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that those involved in the arson were enemies of Kashmir.

Officials of the directorate of school education said that 19 government middle, high and higher secondary schools have been burnt mysteriously during the unrest. Of these, seven were reduced to ashes while 12 were damaged partially in the fire.
Besides the 19 government schools, two prominent private schools have also been damaged in the fire as Kashmir remains shut for the past 113 days since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. Most of the schools have been burnt in the dead of the night by unknown ‘miscreants’. Few have caught fire allegedly after security forces fired tear gas shells on protesters But security forces have denied allegations of tear gas shells sparking any fire.