Srinagar, Oct 29: All schools shut, 23 of them burnt or targeted, but there is one school that operates normally in Jammu and Kashmir.
This only because the grand daughter of Separatist leader S A R Geelani studies in it. The latest calendar of protests issued by the Hurriyat Conference calls for a complete shut down. It says that there will be relaxation after 5.30 PM.
While schools have been targeted mercilessly in the Valley over the past three months, one school however appeared to have no problem. The examinations for the students of the DPS school, Srinagar went on normally between October 1 and 5 and yes Geelani's grand daughter a Class 9 student was part of it.
The Indian Express had reported that the examinations for the DPS students of classes 9 and 10 was held between October 1 and 5. The daughter of Dr Nayeem Zafar, the eldest son of Geelani took the class 10 examination during this period along with 572 others.
If one re-visits this period of October 1 and 5, there was a calendar of protests issued by the Hurriyat during this time. It may be recalled that the education minister of the state had directed all schools to be opened. However protestors had targeted all schools in the Valley.
Over past three-and-a-half months, at least one school in each of Kashmir Valley's 10 districts have either been burnt or suffered damages in fires. Five schools were burnt in the last five days alone.17 Govt middle, high & higher secondary schools have been burnt mysteriously during the unrest: Officials of the directorate of school education.
In Anantnag, a high school & historic Hanfia School run by Wakf Board were gutted last month. Seven were reduced to ashes while 10 were damaged partially in the fire Kulgam in South Kashmir has been the worst affected with five schools either completely burnt or partially damaged in fires. Three schools have been burnt in central Kashmir's Budgam district.