Two more schools, including a Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya (JNV), were damaged since yesterday in mysterious fire incidents in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, police said here today.
This has taken the number of damaged schools in the valley to 22.
In nearly three-and-a-half-month long unrest in Kashmir, the unlikely and biggest causality is education in the Valley with over 20 schools building being burnt down with latest being in Anantnag.
Fire broke out in Government Higher Secondary School building at Kabamarg in Anantnag district this afternoon, a police official said.
J&K: Govt school building set on fire in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, major portion of the building damaged. pic.twitter.com/oUGyi63sET— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2016
He said fire tenders were rushed to put out the fire as locals also assisted in the firefighting job.
In another incident during the previous night, fire broke out in the JNV school at Aishmuqam, the official said adding the building suffered partial damage before the blaze was put out.
Since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, at least one school in each of Kashmir’s 10 districts have either been burnt or suffered damages in fires, according to a report by Hindustan Times.
Police on last Thursday said that 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.
This was the 20th 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 July 8.