The authorities closed all higher secondary schools and colleges in Kashmir Valley on Monday in the wake of protests sparked by the killing of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa four days ago in an encounter.
“Deputy Commissioners have been authorised to take a call on class work based on their own assessment,” said Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan. An official said the Deputy Commissioners had decided to allow work up to Class 10 “as a precautionary measure”.
The Kashmir University postponed examinations for Bachelor of Education while the Islamic University of Science and Technology closed the campus for the day. A spontaneous shut down was observed in parts of Shopian. Train services in south Kashmir also remained suspended.
The decision to open the educational institutions in a phased manner was taken after sporadic protests and shut down continued on Sunday despite the Hurriyat asking people to resume daily work.
A purported video of Musa, who was killed on Thursday in Pulwama’s Tral, surfaced online. In the video, Musa, who headed an al-Qaeda affiliated group, was seen asking locals to pray for him. “Jehad and not hartal politics is the way out to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he reportedly said.
The police said it could not verify the veracity of the video, apparently shot in the house where he was killed in the Dadsara area.