first_imgFor the sixth consecutive day, authorities have decided to keep all the degree colleges and higher secondary schools closed in Srinagar and Anantnag districts on Saturday, as fresh protests erupted in parts of the Valley after the Friday prayers. According to the district magistrates of Srinagar and Anantnag, teaching work shall remain suspended on June 3 “as a precautionary measure”. The decision was taken following the assessment of ground situation by several security agencies. Police sources said several campuses in the city and south Kashmir remain “a challenge”. In a grim sign, the government has closed schools and colleges for 18 days since April 15, when a police raid on the Pulwama Degree College left over 50 students injured. “It has impacted the academic calendar,” said a teacher of the S.P. Higher Secondary on condition of anonymity.A government official told The Hindu that school and colleges will be reopened in phases to avoid any “untoward situation”. The government closed all schools and colleges earlier this week following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat in an encounter.Fresh clashes eruptSporadic clashes erupted in parts of south and north Kashmir after Friday prayers. Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Srinagar’s Old City too.Security forces used tear smoke shells in Reshi Bazar, Lal Chowk and Cheni Chowk of Anantnag and Sopore town, where two militants were killed on Thursday.Geelani blames IndiaPaying tributes to slain militants, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani said, “India’s rigid and stubborn approach is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed. Youth have no option but to resent this age-old slavery and take arms to defend their rights.”Meanwhile, separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was allowed to lead Friday prayers after a six-day detention at home.last_img

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