Schools, colleges closed till Wednesday; PSC, KU, JKBOSE postpones exams till March 7; train, internet services suspended
Srinagar, March 5: Kashmir Valley on Monday observed complete shutdown against Shopian killings even as authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar, closed colleges and schools, postponed all exams and suspended train and internet services.
The joint resistance leadership (JRL) had called for the Valley-wide shutdown to protests against the killings.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in most parts of Kashmir while public transport was off the roads due to the strike, officials said.
They said, however, private cars were plying on most of the roads in the civil lines area of the city.
Reports of minor clashes were received from several parts of Valley including Bagh-i-Mehtab, Mochow, Kadlibal Pampore, Sharja Ground Bemina near 10 bn SSB, near MLA’s residence in Shopian, Jogi Lanker Raniwari, HMT near 44 Bn CRPF, Ziyarat Sharief Syed Manssor Sahb near Chota Bazar Srinagar.
Also, to thwart the protests, authorities had put parts of Srinagar including Old City and Maisuma under strict restrictions.
A police officer told GNS that the decision was taken to maintain law and order.
Internet services were snapped in Shopian and Pulwama last evening while as speed was reduced elsewhere on Monday morning.
The railway authorities suspended train services. A railway official here told GNS that the decision was taken in wake of the apprehensions of law and order in the Valley.
Minister for Education Altaf Bukhari told GNS that all schools and colleges remained closed while exams were postponed for Monday.
The school department has also announced that colleges and schools shall remain closed for next two days and will resume on Thursday.
“All the schools of Kashmir Division shall remain closed on 6th and 7th March 2018 and the scheduled papers on these dates of the biannual examinations for 10th and 12th classes of JKBOSE in Kashmir Division including Kargil are also postponed,” an official statement issued here said.
Speaking to State Media Centre Education, SIE Kashmir, the Joint Secretary JKBOSE, Syed Rouf said the papers of biannual examination of 10th and 12th classes scheduled to be held on 6th and 7th March are postponed for the whole Kashmir Division including Kargil, Tangdar and Machil areas. He said the new dates shall be announced later.
Minutes after GNS carried news on the concerns of the students and parents, Kashmir University postponed all exams scheduled for Monday.
“In view of concerns expressed by students, Kashmir University has postponed all examinations scheduled for March 5, 2018 (Monday). Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, later”, PRO KU in a statement issued to GNS said.
Meanwhile, the PRO KU in another statement said, “In view of concerns expressed by students and consequent upon the prevailing circumstances, the class-work at University of Kashmir shall remain suspended on March 6, 2018 (Tuesday)”.
“Furthermore, all examinations scheduled to be held on March 6 and March 7 (Tuesday and Wednesday) are postponed. Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, later,” the PRO added.
Jammu Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC) also postponed KAS mains papers scheduled for Monday.
“In continuation of notice dated 04/03/2018, it is hereby notified for information of all the concerned candidates that the examination for papers in Zoology-II, Physics-II, Commerce & Accountancy-II and Management II and Anthropology-II and Sociology-II of J&KCombined Competitive (Main) Examination, 2016 scheduled to be held on 06/03/2018 (Tuesday) and 07/03/2018(Wednesday) respectively are hereby postponed,” an official statement issued here said.
The statement further said that the revised schedule for the aforesaid papers shall be notified separately. (GNS) File Photo