JKSECC threatens to close pvt institutions over govt interference in JeI run schools

JKSECC threatens to close pvt institutions over govt interference in JeI run schools
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Socio Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC) on Thursday threatened to close all private schools and colleges in the valley if the educational institutions run by Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) are not ensured to function normally.
“A meeting of the amalgam was held to discuss the ban on the socio-religious organisation and crackdown on the leaders and other activists with raids by NIA, ED and Income tax department,” the statement said.
The representatives from education associations informed the meeting that although the government has exempted the educational institutions and orphanages run by the JeI from sealing, “yet the managerial and teaching staff of these institutions had been arrested besides some central offices were sealed”.
They said that the government’s decision exempting JeI run schools and orphanages and its other social wings “is as an eyewash to camouflage the public sentiments and their opinion”. The members termed the action of the government as “anti-social and anti-Muslim”.
“JKSECC made it amply clear that Kashmiri society would not allow the government to play with and jeopardise the carrier of over thousands of students pursuing education in these schools,” the statement said.
“How can the government expect students of various schools and colleges across Kashmir valley to attend their classes normally from 11th of March when their counterparts in JeI run schools are barred,” asked the members, adding, “It seems that government instead of defusing the prevailing tension, is obsessed with the intention to push the people of Kashmir to the wall.”
JKSECC termed the ban on JeI as part of “vendetta politics” by the GoI.
“The state is fully aware of the fact that JeI has been functioning in the areas of social, cultural, religious, educational and other such activities which is not remotely connected to the allegations levelled against it. Understandably there is no case pending against the organisation in any court of law or police station for any subversive activity. The political dispensation has made various independent institutions like NIA, CBI, ED, Income Tax as its whipping stick and these institutions are bizarrely used to muzzle the voice of dissent,” they said.
JKSECC demanded immediate revocation of the ban on JeI and “putting an end to unwarranted arrests and raids”.