Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 12: As many as 42 schools and other educational institutions were torched/ damaged by miscreants in Kashmir region while in Jammu province only 7 schools were damaged due to cross border firing, 4 of them in Rajouri district alone.
This information was revealed in a reply of question raised by BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council during question hour today. As per reply total 49 schools were torched/ damaged in past three years in the state and out of which 42 schools were in Kashmir , 8 of them in Kulgam district.
These incidents of the damaging / torching of schools took place in 14 districts in the state out which 10 districts from Kashmir while 4 districts were from Jammu. Maximum incidents took place in Kulgam district with 8 followed by Budgam with 6, Srinagar 4, Ganderbal 4, Shopian 4, Baramulla 4, Bandipora 3, Kupwara 3, Pulwama 2, reply disclosed. In 42 incidents, police arrested 47 miscreants and registered cases which are in various stages of investigation in Kashmir Division.
On the contrary in Jammu division 7 schools were damaged with four schools of Rajouri district were damaged in cross border shelling/ firing, one school in Udhampur district, GPS Upper Didi, Zone Dudu, was damaged due to fire incident on December 28, 2017 and FIR has been lodged by the concerned ZEO with SHO Basantgarh. Besides, a school each in Poonch and Reasi district were damaged in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
While talking to Early Times MLC Randhawa said that he was not satisfied with the reply given by government, he strongly raised the objection on the reply. He said that there are some particular groups of miscreants with malicious intentions, which have been executing these incidents in valley. He said that due to paucity of time during question hour, the supplementary question could not be taken up but he would raise this issue once again in house. "The reasons behind the incidents that took place in Jammu region were cross border firing while the majority of such cases in Kashmir region were executed by miscreants," he said.