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Anantnag: Teacher, student injured as Chinar tree branch falls on them outside school

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A fallen branch of a Chinar tree in Kashmir. [Representative Photo]

Achabal: A teacher and a student were injured on Thursday after a branch of Chinar tree fell on them outside the school in Hardutwooru area of Achabal in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, officials said.

An official said that students were taking classes outside when the branch suddenly fell on them. “A fourth-grade primary student Hazik Fayaz, son of Fayaz Ahmad Ganie and a teacher Mukhtar Ahmad Wani have received injuries,” he said.

He said the student has received grievous injuries and has been shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment, while the teacher is stable.

A teacher at the school said that despite many representations to higher authorities for the sanction of a school building, nothing has been done to date.

He said the school has 80 students enrolled, but it has only three rooms, including the office. “We had been anticipating this incident in absence of proper space. We urge the administration to address the matter.”

Locals said that due to the unavailability of space inside the school, students are forced to study in the open. “Our children are not safe. We request DESK for intervention,” they said. (KNO)

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