Indian Occupied Kashmir , Day 118: Another school gutted in Bandipora

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Auto-rickshaw set ablaze; mysterious fire in SP College brought under control
SRINAGAR, Nov 3: Normal life was paralysed for the 118th consecutive day today in view of a separatist sponsored general strike in Kashmir.

Shops, other business establishments remained closed in most parts of Valley. Public transport was also off the roads. However, movement of private transport was very much visible on roads at a number of places.

While curfew or restrictions were not in force in any part of the Valley, deployment of police and security forces was made as a precautionary measure.

A school building gutted in a mysterious fire at Naidkhai area in Bandipora district this evening.

Reports said the fire was noticed at 7 PM from the building of government middle school Astan Mohalla, Naidkhai. The fire damaged the office of the school and was extinguished by local youth by fire tenders.

Meanwhile, a window of SP College here was damaged in a mysterious fire last evening. Officials said that fire erupted in the ground floor of a building housing Maths and English departments, damaging one of the windows.

A watchman said that they did not see any person inside the college at the time of incident. “A cloud of smoke attracted our attention. We rushed towards the spot of incident and doused the fire. The external hand cannot be ruled out,” he told media. Reports said a police team visited the spot to assess the situation. “We have registered a case and investigation has been taken up. It will be premature to say anything at this point,” said a police official.

Principal SP College Prof Mohammad Yasin said that police have taken the cognizance of the incident and investigation has been started to find out the truth.

Police said an auto-rickshaw was set ablaze by unidentified persons in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

“This evening some persons in order to discourage the public transport from plying, set ablaze an Auto Rickshaw belonging to Farooq Ahmad Sheikh resident of Doonipawa, Anantnag on K P Road near Al Sarwat Crossing under jurisdiction of Police Station Mattan, Anantnag,” said a police spokesman.

He added that due to timely action by police fire was brought under control.

Police said that a woman was injured after some persons pelted stones on private vehicles in Anantnag this evening. The spokesman said this evening at 7.20 PM some persons pelted stones on moving vehicles at Lal Chowk , Anantnag. A woman Tasleema Begum wife of Ali Mohammad Sheikh resident of Seepora, Anantnag received injury on the left side of her face.The injured was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment, he said.

Reports said that a teen was killed last night when a car which came under attack from stone-throwing youths ran over him in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, a police statement this evening said, “The overall situation across the valley remained largely under control and peaceful. No untoward incident was reported from any party of the valley till filing of this report. The day witnessed normal movement of people and vehicular traffic on the city roads as well as in other main towns of the valley. Vendors in large number were seen on the streets of the city as also in the main towns of the valley with a huge number of shoppers busy in shopping at these places. The workers of Peace Movement Party protested at press enclave Srinagar and were demanding the opening of the school in the valley . As a precautionary measure necessary deployment was made on some vulnerable points of the city as well as in other main towns to thwart away any untoward incident hampering normal life and disrupting the smooth flow of traffic.”

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