Srinagar, April 5: The schools and colleges in Shopian and Kulgam in J&K will remain shut for the fourth consecutive day in view of the continuous militant attacks. While the educational institutes in Shopian and Kulgan will remain shut, they will resume work in the Kashmir Valley. Educational institutions in Srinagar, except for the ones in Shopian and Kulgam districts, will function normally from April 5, said Kashmir’s Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan while speaking to Kashmir News Service.
Schools and colleges in Baramulla, Ganderbal and Pulwama will also function normally. Baramulla’s Deputy Commissioner said, “Except two Degree Colleges and two higher secondary schools of Sopore town, all educational institutions will remain open in Baramulla district on Thursday.”
In Pulwama too, Government Degree College Boys Pulwama and Government Boys Higher Secondary school will remain shut while rest of the institutions would remain functional. Similarly, schools in Anantnag district would also remain functional today. Kashmir University will be resuming work from today itself.
Kashmir has observed a complete shut down for the past three days in order to protest against the killings in Shopian district. At least 20 people; 13 militants, four civilians and three soldiers, were killed in Shopian on Sunday.
In the wake of the killings, separatist leaders heading the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, had also announced a march to Shopian to stand in solidarity with the people over there. However, they were later put on house arrest. To curb violence, authorities deployed forces in large numbers in Srinagar and in parts of the Valley. Meanwhile, a 23-year-old youth was also killed in Kangan town on April 4, Wednesday.
While daily life was crippled for the last few days, Kashmir was seen limping back to normalcy on the fourth day with educational institutions, public transportation resuming its services. The situation in Shopian, however, remains tense.