‘95 % schools and colleges working normally’
Srinagar, May 08: Police Monday said that it will review the ban on social media sites after the one month period is over, while stating that 95 % schools and colleges are working normally in the Kashmir Valley.
Addressing a press conference here, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani said: “The impact of the ban (on social media) will be assessed at the end of the one-month period.”
The government has banned 22 social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, claiming that these sites were used for provoking protests and disturbance in the Valley.
On the ongoing students’ protests, the IGP said that barring few schools, 95 % schools and colleges are working normally.
According to KNS correspondent, the IGP said in Handwara, the investigating revealed that “outsiders are instigating the students”.
“Some students were paid money to disrupt school activities. Attempts are being made at new places to disrupt school work. I appeal to the parents of students to counsel them,” he added.
Student “unrest” started from Pulwama Government Degree College when students on April 12 pelted an army vehicle with stones and on April 15 the students pelted stones on police naka near the college, he said.
He promised action “as per law” on the police assault on Degree College Pulwama on April 15 that triggered widespread student protests across the valley.
The IGP said that 200 militants are active in the Valley and 110 of them are locals. “95 of them joined militant ranks in last one year.”
The police chief of Kashmir Zone said that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfits were involved in bank robberies.
“Our investigation revealed Laskar-e-Taiba and Hizbul were involved in bank robberies in south Kashmir,” Gilani said. (KNS)