Police ‘directs’ coaching centres to close operations for a week
Srinagar: In a strange move, the police authorities in Srinagar asked all coaching centres to remain closed for the week. The move has been announced ahead of the Republic Day.
The decision, according to police, has been taken to maintain law and order situation in the district.
Earlier two grenade attacks took place targeting the security forces in city centre Lal Chowk and civil line area of Rajbagh. In wake of the grenade attacks, the police has decided to close the private tuition centres in the district.
However, the move has been questioned by the parents who feel that wasting one weeks time will prove dearly for the students who are preparing for various competitive esams.
“Kashmir is facing law and order problem from past more than two decades and closing down tuition centres for a week won’t improve the security situation in the city but will have an adverse impact on the future of students,” said Muhammad Asif, a parent from Hyderpora.
He said the students aspiring to appear in NEET and other national level competitive exams have limited time for their preparation and closure of coaching centres will leave them waste lot of time sitting idle at home.
However, some parents said that the grenade attacks did not occur because of tuition and coaching centres.
“Such incidents are occurring for the last 28 years in Kashmir. By closing down the tuition and coaching centres for a week, the authorities are playing with the future of students, particularly those appearing for NEET,” they said.
One of the proprietors of a private coaching centre expressed helplessness and said they were forced by Police to close the tuition centres after frightening the management of the coaching centres.
“Police officials claimed that there are apprehensions of law and order situation in the city and coaching centres should wind up operation for a week,” the proprietor said.
The coaching centres however didn’t receive any official order for closing their centres. “It was a verbal order rather a dictation from the Police. So we had no option than to abide by it,” he said.
Meanwhile, a senior police official dealing with the security setup said the coaching centres were closed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident ahead of Republic day function in city.