Srinagar: In the wake of massive student protests throughout the length and breadth of the Valley, the government has decided to shutdown two schools in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Without giving any details, a government official said that the class work will remain suspended today at Govt Boys High School and Higher Secondary school Budgam.

On Monday, three educational institutes were closed in Handawara by the government what it calls as “a precautionary measure”.

This new wave of student protests gained momentum on April 15 when a degree college in Pulwama was raided by the government forces which triggered clashes inside the campus. At least 50 students, including girls, were injured during the clashes.

Hundreds of school and college and university students took to streets soon after the incident in solidarity with Pulwama degree college students, which led to more protests and clashes.

Last year, the pro-freedom camp was severely criticised by the government for shutting down educational institutes during the pan-Kashmir uprising.

In an open letter addressed to Syed Ali Geelani, the then education minister Naeem Akthar said, “In that context, it looks sinister that while there is a hue and cry about everything, no one is able to speak about the nearly 2 million students missing their one year. We invent reasons for and against every imaginable situation but schools are nobody’s business…”

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