Schools reopen in Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir

Schools reopen in Kashmir

Agency News

A section of schools and all government offices opened on Monday in Srinagar as the administration said restrictions were being eased in phases after two weeks of restrictions to avoid untoward incidents over the centre's decision to repeal Article 370 which ends special status to Jammu and Kashmir. While teachers and staff showed up in most of these schools, the presence of students was low. Only 196 primary schools of 900 in Srinagar would reopen today, said Shahid Iqbal, the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar.

Officials claim two-thirds landlines have been restored in the Kashmir Valley and mobile internet services will be back after a review of the security situation. But it is learnt that restrictions are back in place in parts of Srinagar after clashes overnight. The decision to allow internet and mobile phones in parts of Jammu has also been reversed, according to an official. "We have opened schools only in some areas after reviewing security there. We appeal to parents to send their children wherever schools have been reopened. Security is our responsibility," Shahid Iqbal said.

All private schools in Srinagar remained shut as parents were apprehensive after violent protests over the past two days. Only Police Public School at Bemina and a few Kendriya Vidyalayas saw a handful of students, a PTI news report said. Hundreds of politicians, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, remain in custody.