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J&K: Govt orders closure of 174 schools amid continuous Pak shelling

Speed News Desk | First published: 1 November 2016, 19:27 IST
J&K: Govt orders closure of 174 schools amid continuous Pak shelling
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Amid escalating cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan, the Jammu and Kashmir government, on 1 November, ordered the shutting down of 174 schools along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu region.

Eighty-four schools have been closed in Balakot zone in Poonch and 45 schools in Samba district.

Over 25 schools have been gutted in the Valley in the last three months since the unrest broke out after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani's killing by Indian security forces.

Earlier today, the state's High Court stepped in and asked the government to protect the schools in the Valley which are under attack.

The court also directed the police and administration to ensure protection of schools besides unmasking those responsible.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the continuous ceasefire violations and firing from Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called a high level meeting, in which Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and other senior MHA officials were present.

--With PTI inputs

First published: 1 November 2016, 19:27 IST
 
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