Parents defy Hurriyat, send kids to schools
Schools are open for the second day on Tuesday despite a Hurriyat diktat to boycott classes.
Srinagar: Schools are open for the second day on Tuesday despite a call to students from the separatist Hurriyat leadership to boycott classes in Kashmir.
Attendance in Srinagar schools is thin while moderate attendance is reported from other parts of the valley because of security restrictions. Students attended classes for the first time in three months on Monday. In a few places, students were sent home in a few hours after protests broke out.
Meanwhile, the CRPF is making its own efforts to calm tempers. It has announced rewards for jawans who show restraint in the face of violent mobs. All this is in when curfew remains imposed in Srinagar, Sopore, Baramulah and Kupwara.
Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani has asked parents to keep their children home, but many defied the call. Also, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said Monday that the government is happy to learn that most schools and colleges have reopened in Jammu and Kashmir.
He appealed to parents to cooperate with the state administration in restoring normalcy and smooth functioning of the educational institutions.
"I appeal to all sections of the people of J&K, especially parents, to cooperate with the State Government and ensure that all schools and colleges function normally," said Chidambaram.
"Government is happy to learn that most schools and colleges have reopened in Jammu and Kashmir and most students have gone back to schools and colleges today," he said, adding "there was a call by one of the Hurriyat leaders to parents asking them not to send their children to schools and colleges."