Kashmir: Huriyat supporters attack school buses

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Srinagar, Sep 28: Jammu and Kashmir separatist Huriyat Conference supporters attacked buses carrying students as school opened on Monday, Sep 27.

Educational institutions in disturbed Kashmir Valley opened on Monday after more than three months. The violence and curfews imposed in the Valley caused the shut down of schools and colleges.

The separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani asked the Kashmir parents not to send their wards to schools and colleges. However, defying his warning, many students attended the classes. Schools and colleges worked inspite of less attendance. Anxious parents avoided government transport and dropped off their kids themselves their vehicles.

Some of the school administrations turned students away in a few hours fearing about their security after protests broke out at a few places.

"We opened the school on the state government's instructions. But only 100 of the 3,000 students attended the school due to prevailing uncertainty in the Valley," said Jay Kumar, principal, Burn Hall school.

On Monday, Sep 27, Home Minister P Chidambaram expressed pleasure over the reopening of schools in the Valley.

"Government is happy to learn that most schools and colleges have reopened in Jammu and Kashmir and most students have gone back to schools and colleges on Monday. I appeal to all sections of people of Kashmir, especially parents, to cooperate with the state government and ensure that all schools and colleges function normally," said Chidambaram in a statement.

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