Student Protests: Govt shuts SP School on Monday

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to shut the Sri Pratap Higher (SP) Secondary School on Monday. The decision, confirmed by a top official to FPK, has been taken in view of massive pro-freedom protests by students across Kashmir for some time now.

SP School, a 10+2 level educational institute located on MA Road in summer capital, has witnessed many massive pro-freedom protest demonstrations against army’s high handedness in Pulwama Degree College in April.

Speaking to the FPK, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Farooq Lone, said, “We will examine situation on Monday.”

He said that district administration has decided to shut school for any class work tomorrow.

An official from Srinagar distriuct administration said that authorities will review the situation later in the day tomorrow. “Any decision (regarding resumption of class work) will be taken in the (review) meet,” the official seeking anonymity said.

In protest to actions of army soldiers in Government Degree College Pulwama last month which resulted in massive clashes and injures to students, a top students’ body had called for protests across Kashmir.

In its statement, Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU), a banned student body which operates from University of Kashmir, had condemned the action of men in uniform and asked students from Valley based educational institutions to hold protests against it.

However, KUSU later appealed the angry students to resume class work. Despite that, there has been no end to student protests.

In Srinagar, top UG level colleges including SP and Women’s College which are located on MA Road and are situated at a stone throw from each other witnessed intense pro-freedom students protests which later turned violent as well.

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