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Army Goodwill School in Bandipora reopens

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 15:55

Srinagar: The Army Goodwill School at Hajin in Bandipora district, which was set ablaze by angry protesters in July this year following the death of two youths in Army firing, has been reopened, a defence spokesman said.

The school has been reopened on the request of the villagers who had launched a signature campaign for its reopening, he said.

"On the request of villagers, the Army Goodwill School at Hajin was reopened on October 12," the spokesperson said.

"The burning of the school deprived the local children from education. Realising the great loss, the locals in Numberdar village launched a signature campaign requesting the local Army establishment for reopening the school," he added.

He said the local Army unit not only repaired the school building on a war footing but also provided furniture and other amenities, which were damaged in the fire.

"The villagers thanked the Army for the effort," the spokesman said.

The school was gutted after a group of protesters set it ablaze over the killing of two youths in alleged army firing at nearby Markundal village on July 1.

First Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 15:55

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