Aqib Ahmad

Srinagar, July 5: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed government to reveal information about sanction of funds for reconstruction and repairing of schools burnt down during last year’s unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Hearing a suo-moto Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also sought the details with photographs of alternative arrangements made for institutions which were burnt down during the unrest “Status Report shall also indicate the alternative arrangements of schools for the students whose institutions have partially and fully damaged,” the court according to Kashmir Glory said.

The division bench also sought latest status report from IGP Kashmir regarding investigation about the burning down of schools.

Nearly three dozen schools were burnt or damaged as per the information revealed by the government to the high court. 47 persons including 5 juveniles were arrested by police for their alleged involvement and among them, 10 have been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police had informed the court in a status report filed previously.

The Valley’s highest police officer had said that special investigating teams (SITs) have been stressed upon to ensure that the investigation of the cases be conducted as per the highest standards of investigation by collecting sufficient evidences against the those involved to award “exemplary punishment” to them.

On previous hearing, the court had observed that education is an essential component of human life like water and air. It has directed state government to take immediate steps for reconstruction of the schools which were either burnt down or damaged during the last year’s uprising in Kashmir Valley.

In order to ensure protection of the schools against being vandalized, damaged or burnt down, the court issued various directions from time to time.