Three school buildings were set ablaze by unknown persons in Kashmir over the past 24 hours, setting alarm bells ringing among authorities who have decided to step up security around educational institutions.
A government school was set ablaze by unknown persons on Tuesday in Noorbagh area of Srinagar but the blaze was put out by fire tenders, a police official said.
In another incident, miscreants tried to burn down Government Higher Secondary School at Aishmuqam in Anantnag district, the official said.
The school building was saved by the timely intervention of fire brigade personnel.
On monday evening, fire broke out in a building of Government Middle School in Sadrukote Bala of Bandipora district. Fire tenders were rushed in and the blaze was put out, the official said, adding the incident is suspected to be handiwork of miscreants.
State government has announced that annual board examinations will be held next month even though the schools have remained closed since July following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces. Protests have been held against the government decision to hold examinations.