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Students attack school in Kashmir over conversion rumours

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Sep 11 (UNI) Police resorted to baton-charge to disperse a group of students which attacked a school in south Kashmir's Pulwama after some teachers allegedly spread rumours that its management was forcibly converting Muslim children to Christianity.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Anantnag-Pulwama H K Lohia told UNI that the Delhi-based management of the Christian missionary run Good Shepherd School in Pulwama town had reprimanded and threatened to dismiss some teachers after they were allegedly found to be misbehaving with the girl students.

Agitated by the dismissal threat, the teachers resorted to spreading ''false rumours'' about the school management, he added.

The DIG said the teachers went to the Pulwama Degree College and alleged that the school management was forcibly converting the Muslim students to Christianity.

This agitated the Degree College students, who later gathered in groups to attack the school, he added.

Mr Lohia said the students pelted stones and vandalised the school building. The management informed the police who resorted to baton-charge to disperse the agitated students.

About a dozen students were wounded in the police action.


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