All Kashmir colleges, schools closed today

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/12/2017 9:39:31 AM

SRINAGAR, Oct 11: Following a call by separatist leaders to students to protest against the braid chopping incidents, the state government has ordered closure of all colleges and schools in Kashmir tomorrow.
The joint separatist leadership of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik today asked the students to protest tomorrow against the growing braid chopping incidents. The separatist leadership postponed the march to TRC Ground called for October 14 and said such a march will not be taken for the time being.
Authorities this evening ordered the closure of all government schools and colleges in Kashmir valley tomorrow.
An official of divisional administration said that the schools and colleges will remain closed tomorrow "as a preventive measure".
Class-work in Kashmir University shall remain suspended tomorrow. However, all examinations shall be held as per schedule, a statement by the varsity said.
The separatist leadership postponed the proposed rally at TRC grounds in Srinagar on October 14 in view of braid-chopping scare in Kashmir Valley.
“Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik decided to postpone for the time being the TRC rally on October 14 in the wake of serious concern and distress caused among people due to the braid chopping incidents,” said a statement.
They said these incidents are increasing by the day and spreading across the valley leading to great insecurity and fear among the people.
“It looks like one more ploy to unnerve and frustrate the resilient and unyielding people of Kashmir,” they said.
Separatist leadership said the “callousness and insensitivity” shown by members of the PDP-BJP ruling regime towards this matter of “grave concern” for the people by dismissing it as a "phobia" and "hysteria" among people who they say are "imagining" such things looks deliberate.
“This again exposes their total disconnect and apathy towards the people of Kashmir.”
The leaders said people have been completely left at their own mercy to deal with this crisis and police and related institutions are in denial.
“While these institutions are quick and pre-emptive in firing pellets and locking up Kashmiris, branding them stone-pelters and anti nationals and boast of a great "local" information network about militants , yet when it comes to nabbing miscreants who are assaulting the dignity of our women, they say they are clueless and need help,” said the statement.
The leadership asked people to form local committees in each Mohalla/locality to deal with this challenge and increase vigil in and around the area and to exercise restraint and discretion when dealing with anyone found involved in these incidents.
“People will continue to raise their voice against this shameful assault and will peacefully protest it on Friday while students of colleges and universities across Kashmir will stage peaceful protests against the attack on the chastity of their sisters and mothers on Thursday,” the statement said.



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