Students injured in Pulwama school blast have been shifted to district hospital. (Photo tweeted by ANI).
At least 10 students were injured after a blast hit a school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama today. News Nation has learnt that students of class 10 were injured in a blast inside private school in Narbal area of Kakpora in Pulwama district.
Blast occurred inside the private school Falahi-i-Milat at Narbal, Kakpora. The local police has reached the spot. It is still not clear whether it was an IED blast or not. The injured students have been shifted to PHC Kakpora for treatment. Generally, at this time of the year, almost all school in the state remain closed for winter vacations. Hence, it is not known whether the school was open or some special classes were being held for these students.
In the restive state, the schools have remained relatively unaffected, with terrorists almost never targeting the educational institutes. However, in 2016, the trend changed when as many as 20 schools were set ablaze in span of two months. In 2016, a Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya school in Aishmuqam and a government school in Anantnag were set on fire within 24 hours. There are over 10 lakh students studying across various schools in Jammu and Kashmir.
Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir's administration set up a panel for implementation of saturation of toilets, drinking water and electricity in government schools in the state. The General Administrative Department (GAD) has ordered constitution of district-level committee on this issue.
"Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a district-level committee for achieving 100 per cent, saturation of toilets, drinking water and electricity in the government schools in the state," Commissioner-Secretary to general administrative department (GAD), J-K, Hilal Ahmad said. A five-member committee will be headed by the district development commissioner as chairman.
The committee will prepare a detailed project report after undertaking actual assessment of deficient schools on the minimum requirement basis. The panel will monitor the works executed by different agencies, including public health engineering, power development department and engineering wing of the School Education Department and to ensure completion of works by February 28.
It will also work out requirement of additional funds for providing electricity, drinking water connections to the school.
(With agency inputs)