KASHMIR ‘SCHOOL TERROR FACTORY’ : 13 STUDENTS JOINED TERROR GROUPS, TEACHERS HELD

A day after three teachers of a religious school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district were arrested by the police under the Public Safety Act (PSA), it is being learnt that the Siraj-uloom Imam Sahib (school) was under the scanner of the investigating agencies after the institution’s alumni, named Sajjad Bhat, was found to be involved in the 2019 Pulwama terror attack. The stringent PSA allows detention of a person for a maximum period of 2 years without any judicial intervention.

According to a report by Times Now reporter,Pradeep Dutta reported that Bhat, an accused in the suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that left 40 personnel dead, was found to have passed from the above-mentioned school. The Pulwama terror attack accused gave logistics support to the attackers.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar confirmed that the school is affiliated with the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) outfit.The three teachers who have been booked under the PSA, include Abdul Ahad Bhat, Rouf Bhat and Mohammad Yusuf Wani. Besides the three, about half a dozen teachers of the school are under surveillance.

The IGP said that at present the focus was on some individuals associated with the school, however, if the need arises, action would be taken against the institution.

According to the police, 13 students of the particular school have joined several terrorist groups following which it came under the scanner of the intelligence agencies.

The majority of the students of this school are residents of Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag. Notably, these three areas are to be the hotbeds of terrorism and ‘breeding grounds for local recruits in various terror groups’, officials said.

(As reported by Times Now News, not edited by our News Desk)

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