Jammu: Following the continuous shelling from Pakistan which has resulted in the loss of lives, the Government has ordered the shutting down of 174 schools along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu region.
84 schools have been closed in Balakot zone in Poonch and 45 schools in Samba district.
Over 25 schools have been gutted in the Valley in the last three months since the unrest broke out after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani's killing by Indian security forces.
Earlier today, the state's High Court stepped in and asked the government to protect the schools in the Valley which are under attack.
The High Court took "suo moto cognisance" or acted of its own accord to order the state government to take preventive measures.
The court also directed the police and administration to ensure protection of schools besides unmasking those responsible.
Meanwhile in the wake of the continuous ceasefire violations and firing from Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called a high level meeting, in which Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and other senior MHA officials were present.
The Border Security Force (BSF) today targeted around 14 Pakistan posts along the International Border (IB) in response to the unprovoked firing and shelling of Pakistan Rangers in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramgarh and Arnia Sector since morning.