Kashmir unrest: Another school set on fire in Bandipora district

Fire tenders were rushed to the spot but could not save the building from being destroyed.
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The 120-day-long Kashmir unrest, following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, has crippled Kashmir and normal life in the valley. In a recent incident, a school building was gutted in a fire in Bandipora district of Kashmir, taking the number of schools damaged during the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 32, media report said.

“A fire broke out in old building of Government High School (which housed a primary school) at Saidnara in Bandipora district last night,” a police official was quoted as saying by  a news agency.

The official said fire tenders were rushed to the spot but could not save the building from being destroyed.

The police has taken cognisance of the the recent incident and started investigation to ascertain the cause of fire, the official said.

Earlier in the day, at least 12 people injured in a fresh clashes that erupted following death of a teen. The incident broke out after the death of a 16-year-old boy due to alleged poisoning in Eidgah area of the city.

The boy identified as Qaiser Sofi from Eidgah area of the city died at a hospital in Srinagar early today. After his burial, some youth indulged in stone pelting on security forces, prompting use of force by the law enforcing agencies, a police official said.

The police official added that at least 12 people were injured out of which six have sustained pellet injuries.

The official said Sofi was reported missing on October 25 and found in an unconscious state in Shalimar area of the city six days later and hospitalised.

As many as 32 schools have been targeted by unknown persons since the unrest began in Kashmir on July 8 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces.

Jammu and Kashmir High Court last week took suo moto cognisance of the incidents and directed the state government to ensure that the schools are protected. As many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.