33 held for burning schools

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At last, police have arrested around 33 persons for allegedly burning 34 schools in the Kashmir valley during unrest. People really appreciated the role of security personnel for arresting anti-elements and demanded severe punishment for them.
Anti-elements were targeted schools during unrest across the valley and keep away students from the schools and indulged them to take part in the violent protests and target security forces. State government play a vital role for imposing peace and normalcy in the valley and with the role of army, government machinery called mohalla heads, village heads and compelled them to keep their children away from protests and concentrate them towards studies. As a result more than 90 percent students took part in the examinations of 10 and 12 class. Students who defy the protest calendars of separatists and showed their interest in education proved that they want normalcy and peace in the valley but some anti-elements present there create problem and burnt some around 30 schools across the valley.
In total for 34 incidents, the police have arrested 33 persons, including 28 adults and five juveniles. The police have submitted their arrested report before District Magistrates dossiers on 14 arrested persons for slapping the Public Safety Act on them. The police have executed the PSA against six persons to date. The police have categorised 65 places which house school buildings as highly sensitive and deployed 115 police personnel on guard duty to thwart miscreants from burning schools. Depending upon the sensitivity of the location of schools, the police have gone in for permanent deployment at highly sensitive locations, permanent nakas near sensitive areas and patrolling in less sensitive areas to prevent arson. With this step of police, keep away anti-elements from these buildings and peace atmosphere would be restored there. With the deployment of more policemen in and around the sensitive places and constituting Special Investigation Teams which carried out arrests and dispose of cases. From November 7, there has been no report of any fire incident or damage to school buildings. At least 14 attempts to set schools on fire by miscreants were foiled. This kind of steps are necessary for bringing normalcy across the valley and police should also keep eye on separatists and their close aides so that they will not allow to create mishappening in the valley. Earlier for providing safety measures, the government has directed the Chief Education Officers of all districts to install fire extinguishers in all schools.

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