<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pained by the torching of schools, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court (HC) took suo moto notice of the “unfortunate and horrendous episodes” and called for collective efforts to save school buildings from “mysterious enemies of education”.More than 26 schools have been set ablaze in Kashmir after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani at Bambdoora village on July 8. Wani was the son of a respected school headmaster, Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, of Tral area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.On Monday, an abandoned school building was set afire in Srinagar. There was no major damage as the fire was doused immediately. On Sunday, two schools – the Central Government-run Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Aishmuqam and the Government Higher Secondary School in Kabamarg — were torched in Anantnag.A Division Bench of the HC, comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey, said that investment in education is an investment for future generations. The Court observed that setting school buildings on fire is in effect destroying knowledge centres of future generations.”The authorities shall immediately take all necessary measures to protect school buildings,” the Bench said. It directed the Divisional Commissioner, Inspector General of Police, and Director, School Education, to devise methods in collaboration with higher authorities and lower officials which shall be effective in protecting schools.The Court directed the Chief Secretary, the Director-General of Police, and the School Education Director to instruct Deputy Commissioners, Senior Superintendents of Police and Chief Education Officers of all districts to take preventive action.Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said it is the same people who are looting banks, torching shops and vehicles, stoning innocents and intimidating people, who are responsible for burning the educational institutes.”One doesn’t have to research for the source of this huge conspiracy against the people of Kashmir. It is those people who have created this tirade against education because they see it as a threat to their vested interests,” he said. No inquiry is needed to find out who is behind all this, he said.

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"Mysterious enemies of education" rise after death of headmaster’s son