Art of Living founder Sr Sri Ravi Shankar has offered to reconstruct 27 schools which were set ablaze by some unidentified miscreants in Jammu and Kashmir.
The spiritual guru announced this on Twitter late Tuesday.
I offer to rebuild the 27 schools burnt in Kashmir.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) November 1, 2016
On Tuesday, fire broke out in the residential quarters of an educational institute in Shopian district of the state. Local residents and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire. The officials have not ruled out the possibility of a sabotage in the incident.
More than 27 schools have been burnt down in the Kashmir valley, which remains tense following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
However, Burhan Wani’s father Muzaffar Wani condemned the burning down of schools and appealed to those behind such acts, to refrain from targeting educational institutions.
“This is not right. Whosoever is responsible for this is doing no good to the society. A society without any education is lifeless. They do not have any identity,” Wani, a retired teacher, told PTI.
In August this year, Wani had met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at his ashram in Bengaluru. The duo had discussed various issues related to current situation in the Kashmir Valley.
Muzaffar Wani, the father of Burhan Wani was in the ashram for the last 2 days. We discussed several issues. pic.twitter.com/IDyyxJSG83
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) August 27, 2016
Meanwhile, the authorities have ordered closure of around 174 schools along the India-Pakistan border in the wake of intermittent shelling and firing from across the border.
On Tuesday, at least eight civilians including four women and two minors were killed in the attack by Pakistani forces. It should be noted that the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on October 31 had ordered the police to ensure safety of civilians amidst repeated ceasefire violations by the Pakistani forces.
Tensions between India and Pakistan are on a high since the Indian Army conducted surgical strike on seven terror pads along the Line of Control on September 29. Since then, more than 60 ceasefire violations have been reported so far by the Pakistani forces.