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‘My heart is set on fire’: Burhan’s father condemns burning of schools

india Updated: Nov 01, 2016 16:49 IST
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Muzaffar Wani, father of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, near the grave of his son in south Kashmir's Tral. (Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

Muzaffar Wani, father of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose killing sparked unrest in Kashmir, expressed “deep pain” over the burning down of schools in the Valley and made a fervent appeal to those behind it to refrain from targeting educational institutions.

Muzaffar Wani, a retired government teacher, told PTI over phone from his residence in Tral of South Kashmir that “as a teacher, whenever a school is burnt down, my heart is set on fire.”

“This is not right. Whosoever is responsible for this is doing no good to the society. A society without any education is lifeless. They do not have any identity,” Wani said and made it clear that he was making this statement as a teacher and not as any leader.

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“My appeal to all people as well as ‘agencies’ is that whoever is doing this is not doing the correct thing. For God’s sake, please refrain from such acts because education is the only thing which will help us in becoming good humans,” he said.

Over 25 educational institutions have been burnt by miscreants in the Kashmir Valley since July 9, a day after Burhan was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir.

“This is not right. Whosoever is responsible for this, it’s not right. It will be lifeless without any education and, therefore, whosoever is indulging in such acts is doing no good to the society,” he said.

Asked about the forced closure of educational institutions in the Valley following the prolonged unrest, Wani said, “I am pained that the children are being deprived of education.

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“People are coming out themselves, I am not responsible for it. When Burhan Wani was killed, I had appealed that there should be a day’s strike but there is no control on the situation as of now”.

However, he also held the state and Central government responsible for the situation saying that they are not taking the lead to bring an end to the unrest.

“There is no initiative from the government. Police excesses are increasing every day. People will cooperate only when there is some kind of seriousness (from the government side). This unrest is not liked by many,” he said.

The issue of burning down of educational institutions came under legal scrutiny yesterday when Jammu and Kashmir High Court took a suo motu cognisance of a news report about burning down of schools in the Valley.

The High Court directed police and civil administration to ensure the protection of the institutions besides unmasking the “mysterious enemies of education” and deal with them with an “iron hand”.

The court listed the case for next hearing on November 7 and directed the three officials to remain present.

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