JK govt orders closure of coaching centres in Kashmir, triggers anger

Lester Mason
April 23, 2018

Ministers have resigned. Justice will be delivered.

But sources said the minister's Saturday warning to shut schools and colleges permanently if the students didn't relent would have been highly unpopular; hence the move to close the coaching classes although these centres have been free of protests. The unidentified officer replies calmly that the "accused have been arrested".

The minister, however, insisted that student protests did not guide the decision.

At Bijbehara, students of higher secondary school staged a protest demonstration and in the meantime, clashes erupted between them and government forces already deployed in the area. Most of the educational institutions were closed for four days in last seven days and some institutions could remain closed on Monday as well.

A spate of civilian killings this year has sparked anger across the Valley. Three students received injuries.

The issue has divided the state of Jammu and Kashmir along communal lines with shady groups backed by Hindu right-wing groups staging protests in Jammu region demanding a CBI probe into the case and unconditional release of all the eight suspects arrested by the crime branch of J&K Police which is investigating the case.

All coaching institutes in Jammu and Kashmir will be closed for the next 90 days. "We want to see what kind of effect it will have on the street protests".

A student protester displays a placard during a protest in Srinagar.

Back then, the students were protesting the excessive use of force on students at a degree college in Pulwama.

Earlier, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, reiterated demand of justice for Kathua victim, urging world human rights bodies to raise their voice against the brutal rapes and murders of Kashmiri women and to ensure justice is delivered as they did in case of Kathua girl.

Sources said the government feels that the students are not inclined to attend classes as they take regular classes from the private tuition centres.

He also asked the director school education Kashmir to submit list of teachers, masters and lecturers who are working in private coaching centres.

He said that parents have been sending their children to tuition centres because they of the quality education they provide. "There are several instances in our notice where students took to protests when they weren't allowed inside school for being late", he said. It is the government that shuts educational institutions, not we. "Who will convey him that students here completely rely on coaching centres for completion of syllabi throughout the academic session?"

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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