Using Google maps, Kashmir teens attempt to cross LoC

Ashiq Hussain

SRINAGAR: Using Google maps and GPS, as many as 22 students of an army goodwill school in Handwara had attempted to cross Line of Control in Ramadan for “arms training.”

Aged between 13 and 15 and studying in class 8th and 9th in army goodwill school Batkoot, the students had attempted the adventure after being fed up of the “harsh attitude of their teachers.”, official sources told Kashmir Reader on Monday.

The students were, however, intercepted by the army near Watsar in Rajwar, some 5-km ahead of LoC, they said.

“The episode happened on 18th   Ramadan when the students left their homes for school in Batkoot but instead they changed their clothes and took a bus to reach Bonwan village,” sources said, adding “The teens took the help of Google maps for the travel and stuffed their bags with snacks and biscuits,”

From the village, sources said, the students traversed dense forests on foot before being finally intercepted by an army patrol of 21 RR ahead of LoC.

“The army handed over the school kids to police who called their parents for questioning,” sources said.

“On being questioned, the students cited the harsh attitude of their teachers particularly the school principal as the reason for the adventure,” they added.

“We wanted to teach him (principal) a lesson,” one of the students told police.

SP Handwara Ghulam Jeelani denied that the teens were attempting to cross LoC.

“They just wanted to skip school and were wandering here and there,” he said.