Two more schools in Kashmir were damaged in incidents of arson since Thursday evening, taking the number of schools in the Valley set on fire to 29.
Reports and police said that a Government High School was set ablaze in Sodhnara area of Hajin in Bandipora district late Friday evening. “The building suffered minor damages and some school records were gutted. A case under Sections 436 and 511 RPC has been registered” a police spokesperson told The Indian Express.
In another incident, fire erupted in Government primary school building at Dugpora, Gadoora in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district last evening.After noticing the fire, the locals rushed to the spot and informed fire services. The fire fighters reached the spot and extinguished the fire.The building suffered partial damage in the fire incident.
Police have registered a case and have taken up the investigation. According to police, miscreants also attempted to torch two schools in downtown Srinagar last evening.
“Miscreants attempted to set on fire Government High School Dugpora, Anchar in Soura and Government Primary School Goripora in Safa Kadal area of downtown Srinagar,” a police official said.
Amnesty International meanwhile has asked the pleaded to the state government to put an end to the school burning incidents in Kashmir. In a statement, Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India, said, “Schools should be safe spaces under all circumstances. The vicious arson attacks on schools end up denying children in Kashmir their right to education. This disturbing trend must stop.”