Amid ongoing uprising, class 12 exams were held across Kashmir on Monday amid multi-layer security cover while all the exam centres were under the radar of special magistrates appointed by the government to ensure incident free exams.
Majority of examination centres were declared as hyper-sensitive. The exam material including question and answer papers were ferried to respective exam centres under full protection of police while as sensitive and hyper sensitive examination centres were provided with additional deployment.
The government managed to conduct exams despite the fact that at least 31 educational institutions were torched by unknown people and also at a time when Kashmir continues to remain shut for the 129th consecutive day. At least 96 people including two cops have been killed while as 15000 people have been injured in the past over four-month long uprising triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Special Director General of Police (DGP), Law and order, S P Vaid, said: "There was no major law and order problem anywhere in Kashmir. Exams were held smoothly. We had provided adequate security cover to all the exam centres. There was a greater participation in the exams by the students."
Police sources said that deployment of additional forces was made in and around sensitive and hypersensitive schools. According to the district-wise survey conducted by the School Education Department on the directions of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, 248 schools were marked as sensitive, 122 as hypersensitive while as 144 schools were categorised as normal in Ganderbal district alone. Similar survey was held for other districts which include South Kashmir's Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian districts. "The deployment was made on the basis of survey conducted by the School Education Department. At some places, CRPF men assisted the police," said a police official.
CRPF spokesman in Srinagar, Rajeshwar Yadav, said that they were part of security cover to examination centres at various places. "Not everywhere, but yes, we assisted police at some places where there was an apprehension of law and order disturbances," said Yadav.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Lone said that special magistrates (Tehsildars and Nahib Tehsildars) are tasked to keep a close watch on the examination centres across Srinagar. "We had 33 identified locations where class 12th exams were held. There was no report of any untoward incident in Srinagar. Exams were conducted smoothly," he said. The DC Srinagar said that similar arrangements would remain in place for class 10 exams commencing from Tuesday, November 15. Sources said similar arrangements were in place at all district headquarters where Naib Tehsildars and Tehsildars acted as magistrates to ensure smooth conduct of exams.
There were 484 examination centres for class 12 students in Kashmir while as there would be 545 such centres for class 10 students.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director School Education Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, said that that all arrangements were in place and examinations were conducted smoothly across Kashmir. "Overall it was a peaceful day with greater participation of students in exams," he said. "We hope class 10 exams would pass off in a similar way."