Srinagar: Educational institutes reopened in the Valley today after three-month-long winter break. Primary, middle, secondary, higher secondary schools and colleges were scheduled to reopen on Monday, 5 March, but were closed in the wake of “cold murder” of four civilians in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on 4 March.
Educational Minister Altaf Bukhari ordered the closure as a “precautionary measure”.
The government had a tough time last spring when the students ‘revolted’ Valley-wide after their counterparts in Pulwama Degree College were allegedly beaten by the police.
The Valley is brimming with tension after the recent killings with the authorities keeping their fingers crossed that this year’s academic session will be fruitful for the students.
Pictures by Nisar Malik in Baramulla and Zargar Zahoor in Srinagar