Thousands attend CET defying shutdown call in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: The death toll of people killed in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir triggered by killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani rose to 52 after a 17-year-old from Sopore succumbed to injuries on Sunday. Over 3,500 civilians and 2,500 security personnel have been injured in the clashes.
Despite a shutdown call by separatists, 10,803 of the 11,881 aspirants appeared for the pre-medical and pre-engineering Common Entrance Test (CET). The government had made special transport arrangements for the aspirants.
CM Mehbooba Mufti, who visited a CET exam centre in Srinagar, encountered a hostile crowd with parents of students chanting anti-government slogans. The CM said the first casualty of unrest was always education adding that the youth were being incited to pelt stones.
“Young girls are being threatened that they will be torched alive along with their Scootys if they moved out of their homes,” she added.