A new wave of terror has hit Kashmir valley.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]O[/dropcap]ver the last 100 days angry protesters went berserk on the streets of Kashmir and targeted over 250 Ambulances, directly curtailing movement of seriously ill patients and those with pellet injuries. A large number of these Ambulances cannot be even repaired and put to use again for the benefit of patients,especially for those living in remote areas of Kashmir valley.
Soon after militancy began in 1989, hundreds of schools and colleges had been set on fire by unidentified people. They were reconstructed over the years.
Ironically, angry protesters have also started targeting school buildings to vent their ire against the state govt authorities who are bent upon defying shut down call given by the separatist organisations and working towards restoring normalcy in Kashmir valley.
Over 250 Ambulances suffered extensive damages
A random check of state police and state health department records revealed that as many as over 250 Ambulances of state health department have suffered extensive damages in incidents of stone pelting and other mob attacks.
Besides this private vehicles of medical practitioners who were discharging their duties under inhospitable working environment also end up loosing their vehicles in the mob attacks. To avoid getting reprimand by the members of the separatist groups or cheer leaders of stone pelters these individuals chose to avoid getting these attacks reported in the police records.
In addition to all this almost 70 vehicles have been put to flames during prolonged spells of violence.
According to Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman approximately 190 ambulances of state health department have been extensively damaged since July 8 in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
SKIMS targeted by Stone pelters
Even Kashmir valley’s most advanced and premier health institute Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) failed to get immunity. At least 16 vehicles of the State’s only tertiary care hospital were damaged by the protesters during the same period at different locations.
Meanwhile,addressing a news conference in Kashmir, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Central Kashmir, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar Amit Kumar said that 15 miscreants involved in torching 13 vehicles had been arrested even as 7 of the accused were absconding.
According to official sources, “five each incidents of vehicle burning have been reported in Budgam, Baramulla and Anantnag and districts, four each in Shopian and Pulwama, three in Kupwara, two in Kulgam and one each in Ganderbal and Bandipore.”
7 of the destroyed vehicles belonged to the Police Department, Police personnel and security forces. One escort vehicle attached to Health Minister Bali Bhagat was torched in Rajbagh area on August 10.
Strangely, protesters who are running this movement in Kashmir valley did not spare even the buildings occupied by schools and colleges.
Till date 19 government school buildings have been torched across Kashmir valley to prevent children from visiting school. For more details, see the graphic below:
The buildings of three higher secondary schools, eight high schools, seven middle and primary schools, and one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya school have been damaged. Officials said more than 5,000 students are enrolled in these schools.
This is not the first time school buildings have been attacked in the Valley. Soon after militancy began in 1989, hundreds of schools and colleges had been set on fire by unidentified people. They were reconstructed over the years.
According to official sources six buildings have been torched in Kulgam district in south Kashmir,three school buildings have been hit in Budgam, two in Bandipora, two in Baramulla, two in Shopian and one each in Kupwara, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Pulwama districts.
Till the time the state education department releases money the new school buildings cannot be made functional. The state education department would prepare a fresh schedule of school buildings in order to accommodate maximum students in their house vicinity.