Srinagar, Nov 4: In a major crackdown 14 persons have been arrested for damaging schools in Jammu and Kashmir. The crackdown comes in the wake of the students gearing up to take the class 10 and 12 examinations scheduled to be held in the second week of November.
Following strict instructions from the union government, the Jammu and Kashmir government formed a Special Investigating Team to look in to the matter. At least 25 schools have been destroyed or burnt since July 9 the day the unrest broke out in the Valley.
The team first identified 35 miscreants who were behind these incidents. These persons were behind the targeting of four schools in the Valley.
In a major crackdown undertaken since the past three days, the police have arrested 26 persons. 12 persons were arrested yesterday while 14 were taken into custody today.
Meanwhile the students appearing for examinations in Jammu and Kashmir will have the option of answering only 50 per cent of the questions.
This has been announced with a view of saving the academic careeers of students who have not been able to attend classes for over 100 days now owing the ongoing unrest in the Valley.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education said exams will be conducted as per the already issued date-sheet although students of class 10 and 12. Further it has also been announced that the examinations to be held on November 14 and 15 will start at 11 AM and not 1 PM.