November 2016 News

Attempt To Torch School Foiled, 2 Schools Gutted In Kashmir

7 November 2016
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: The teaching staff and locals of a school in South Kashmir foiled an attempt by the miscreants to torch a school while another school was torched in North Kashmir's Handwara area this evening. Sources said that miscreants this evening set afire Government Middle School Wadoora in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district. However, locals and staff of the school swung into action and extinguished the fire. Miscreants this evening torched Administrative Block of Government Middle School Badran Payeen in Handwara area of North Kashmir's Kupwara district. The fire damaged the school building. In Srinagar, a school building and several other houses were gutted in mysterious blaze last night. Police said three residential houses and a school building were gutted in a mysterious blaze last night in Habak Dargah area of Srinagar. Police said that the fire erupted from residential house of Mohammad Jabar Dar and spread to other residential houses. He said that three residential houses and a Government Middle School Habak also came under fire and were damaged. The cause of the fire incident was not confirmed, however, a police team was on the spot and investigating the matter. Meanwhile, shutdown in Kashmir valley paralysed life for 122nd day today during which barring three incidents of stone-pelting situation remained peaceful and increased movement of people and vehicles were witnessed across Srinagar. Shops, commercial establishments, educational institutes and other offices were closed across the Srinagar. Movement of private vehicles, auto-rickshaws and passenger cabs as well pedestrians was seen in civil line and uptown areas of the city. Vendors had set up their stalls in Lal Chowk area and large numbers of shoppers were also seen buying woolens. In Old City, security forces were deployed in five Police Station areas of Srinagar's Old City - MR Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari and Khanyar - since early morning. There was, however, civilian movement without any disruption in all these areas. On the first death anniversary of Gowhar Nazir Dar, who was an engineering student and was killed by teargas shell fired by security forces, curfew-like restrictions were imposed at HMT Zainakote area to prevent protests. However, despite restrictions, clashes erupted at Zainakote between protesters and security forces during which security forces fired teargas and pepper gas. A police official said that soon after withdrawal of police and CRPF deployments youth took to streets at Ganderpora Eidgah and damaged vehicles plying on roads by pelting stones. Clashes between protesters and security forces erupted at Kaloosa Bandipora and Harmain Shopian today. Police fired teargas shells and chased away the stone-throwing youth. A police spokesman said: 'With heavy vehicular movement on the Valley roads and a huge number of vendors on the streets, situation across the Valley remained peaceful and under control. During the day, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the Valley till filing of this report. Police continued with its necessary security deployments on some vulnerable point in the Valley to thwart away any untoward incident of disruption of peace and order.