Students suffer as authorities go ahead with board exams in curfew-bound Chenab Valley

The students appearing in their 10th and 12th class examinations continued to face tough time on Saturday in Doda, Kishtwar and Bhadarwah area of Chenab Valley due to curfew and restrictions imposed by the authorities.

An indefinite curfew was imposed in parts of Kishtwar and Doda districts on Thursday night following the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, 55, by unknown gunmen.

The administration decided to go ahead with the examination on the scheduled dates despite curfew being in place in the areas following the killing of a senior BJP leader and his brother in Kishtwar.

However, the students are struggling to reach the examination centres.

“I have no other option but try to trekk 15 KM to reach my examination centre at Seri village to appear in English paper as there is no public transport available due to curfew,” said 10th class student Arjun Singh of Mohalla Khakhal Bhadarwah.

He said harsh weather was making the situation even worse.

“I am not sure whether I will be able to make it by 2 PM as I have already been stopped for frisking by the forces at three places in half a kilometre distance,” he said.

DDC Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana said: “We cancelled yesterday’s board exam in Kishtwar town but today despite restrictions we have decided to carry on with the 10th class exam.”

He said they have made announcements from every possible source, especially local TV channels and radio stations

“We have not yet decided about the relaxation in curfew. The situation will be assessed in the evening,” he added.

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