Kashmir unrest: Primary school building set ablaze in Baramulla
A primary school building and two vehicles were set ablaze by some persons in Kashmir in separate incidents of arson over the past 24 hours, police said on Thursday.
Srinagar: A primary school building and two vehicles were set ablaze by some persons in Kashmir in separate incidents of arson over the past 24 hours, police said on Thursday.
This was the 19th school building set on fire by unknown persons since the current unrest began in Kashmir following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on 8 July.
A police official said Government Primary School at Taaper in Pattan area of Baramulla district was set on fire by unknown persons late last night, a police official said. He said the three-room building was gutted in the fire.
In another incident, miscreants set on fire an autorickshaw in Rainawari for violating the strike call given by the separatists, who are spearheading the agitation.
The autorickshaw was destroyed in the fire, the official said.
Unconfirmed reports said a truck was set ablaze at Parimpora in the outskirts of the city this morning.
However, police denied any such incident having taken place.
The separatists on Wednesday extended their strike call and agitation till 1 September and announced a new calendar of protests, including a march to Srinagar-based army headquarters on the weekend.
Congress said the BJP should clear its stand on the statements of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti regarding the encounter of Burhan Wani.
With educational activities in Kashmir picking up after remaining suspended for over four months due to the unrest, private schools in the valley are following separatist-issued 'protest calendar' by remaining open only during the relaxation period over the weekend.