When schools across Kashmir valley reopened on Tuesday and were witnessing a flurry of activities soon after over two months of winter vacations ended, a government school in Check Reshipora area of North Kashmir's Bandipora district remained shut on the very first day of the fresh academic year.
Government Middle School Check Reshipora was closed as soon as it opened as some unknown persons attacked the headmaster of the said school and injured him seriously. He was referred to Sub-District Hospital Bandipora for treatment.
Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that some unknown persons ransacked the building, broke furniture and window panes of the school as soon as the students and staff members arrived at the educational institute.
"They also attacked headmaster, Abdul SatarWani, who got severely injured and was referred to hospital," eyewitnesses said.
Locals and students later blocked Bandipora-Ahamsharief road for several hours demanding action against the attackers.
Locals said the students were made to sit on road instead of sitting in the classroom, that too on the very first day of reopening of the school after over two months of winter vacations.
They, however, said that there was some 'unnecessary dispute' over the piece of land on which the school was built, between contractors and some locals of Check Reshipora.
The students alleged that they have been made scapegoats because of the 'petty interests of some locals.'
"We were eager to meet our classmates and teachers after a long break but our excitement was short lived as some persons, who don't want this school to function smoothly, attacked our teachers," said Asma, a class 4th student of the school.
Students said they had come to school to study, to learn something and to gain knowledge but we were made to sit on the road instead.
Chief Education Bandipora, ShadiLal, said he had taken cognizance of the issue and asked ZEO Bandipora to submit a detailed report about the matter.