Shopian Killings: Govt orders closure of schools, colleges for two days


Apparently, in the wake of Shopian killings, all high, higher secondary institutions and colleges in Kashmir valley will remain closed on March 6, 7.

Minister for Education Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari said a local media outlet that all the educational institutions will resume functioning from Thursday.

The decision has been taken as a “precautionary measure” to avoid “law and order situation” in the Valley.

On March 4, 2018, Army’s patrolling party was attacked by militants in Pahnoo area of Shopian in the evening. The attack left one militant named Shahid Ahmad Dar dead after a brief gunfight. After half-an-hour, as the sketchy reports of the incidents started to reach Srinagar, it was learnt that three civilians travelling in a car were also killed. However, army and police, in their official statements, termed the slain civilians as OGW’s of the militants. The next morning, with the discovery of two more bodies, one of a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant named Ashiq Hussain and a civilian named Gowhar Ahmad Lone, the death toll in Shopian incident climbed to six: two militants and four civilians.


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