Army Goodwill School,Hajin faced the fury of angry mob in Kashmir as two class rooms including library were destroyed in the blaze and large number of school books, class furniture were torched.
The mob was protesting against the security forces after the alleged killing of two youth in Sumbal area of Bandipora district in North Kashmir in the wee hours of Monday.
According to official sources, a mob of local miscreants set the Army Goodwill School (AGS), Hajin on fire resulting into complete destruction of a class room, school library and partial damage to the other structures. The school authorities struggled hard to extinguish the fire with the help of fire brigade authorities even as local police faced difficulties in controling the unruly mob.
The situation took ugly turn when around 1130 am on Monday, a violent mob attacked the premises of the school causing major damage to the school by setting the two rooms ablaze. Out of the two rooms, one was a class room and the other, the school library. In addition to the rooms the school lost furniture and precious books that it had collected over eight years.
Army Goodwill School, Hajin was established in 2005 as a result of popular demand of the people from Army and currently has classes from LKG to 8th class. A total of 310 students from neighboring villages of the area study in this school. The school has been doing very well academically and in the field of sports. Army Goodwill School, Hajin obtained excellent results in the Jammu and Kashmir board of examinations (JKBOSE) and achieved 100% pass percentage including four students who secured more than 90% marks. This is also the only school in the area which has a computer lab and provides computer education to students.
Burning of the school is a sad incident and is indeed a big loss to the people, as this will hamper the endeavor of Army to provide quality education to the local population. However, the Army has resolved itself to repair the school immediately, so as to ensure the children do not suffer.