Worried over attack on schools, J-K Governor meets Home Minister Rajnath Singh

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Home Minister and the Governor discussed how to facilitate reopening of the schools in Kashmir Valley which have remaind closed due to violence and strike called by separatists after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8. With two dozen schools going up in flames in Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh at latter’s residence to discuss the situation in the state. Besides the Valley being on the edge as far as the law and order situation is concerned, there was a detailed discussion on the issue of reopening schools in the unrest- hit Valley. During the 30-minute meeting, Vohra briefed Singh on the prevailing situation in the strife torn state for close to 110 days.
Sources said the Home Minister and the Governor discussed how to facilitate reopening of the schools in Kashmir Valley which have remaind closed due to violence and strike called by separatists after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8. The issue of burning down of around 27 schools figured in the discussion, the sources said.
Concerned over burning down of schools in Kashmir, the Centre has asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to check such attempts and make efforts for reopening the schools. A top source said “Since this is a federal structure larger onus lies on the state government.” Meanwhile, Mufti has blamed separatists for putting stones in the hands of school going children, rather than help them get good education.
India today has learnt that a communication from the union Home Ministry has been conveyed to the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure protection of schools, especially those which are vulnerable to attacks, and make all attempts for reopening all educational institutions across the Valley. Another source in Jammu Kashmir Police told India Today that “It was difficult to guard each and every school, as there are too many schools, but till people volunteer to come out and protect, the responsibility on police may take a toll on already stressed JKP.”
The central government is deeply concerned over these incidents and worried about
the future of the children who are the worst sufferers due to the prolonged turmoil in the state, a senior Home Ministry official said.
Amid outrage over increasing number of schools being burnt in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court yesterday stepped in, directing police and civil administration to ensure their protection besides unmasking the “mysterious enemies of education” and deal with them with an “iron hand”.

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