Install CCTVs in schools, colleges to curb student protests: Police

With student protests in colleges and schools refusing to die down in Kashmir, the educational institutions in north Kashmir have been asked to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to check what the police have termed as “interference by outsiders” on the premises during law and order problems.
In a recent report, accessed by Kashmir Post, Baramulla SSP has conveyed to the authorities concerned “that during the ongoing riots by students in various colleges and schools, it has been noticed by the authorities that there were apprehension of interference by outsiders on the premises”.
So far, the J&K Government has responded by repeatedly ordering the closure of educational institutions, particularly colleges, as a “precautionary measure” against student protests, which first started from Pulwama College on April 15. Since then the student protests have spread to every nook and corner of the Kashmir valley, with students loosing precious school days.
To check the student protests and to curb the menace of interference by outsiders in schools and colleges, the police have recommended the installation of CCTV cameras on school and college premises at the earliest.
Taking the matter seriously, the district administration, Baramulla, immediately took up the matter with the authorities concerned in the Education Department and informed the divisional administration as well.
Subsequently, as a follow-up action, the Chief Education Officer of Baramulla in a widely disseminated circular dated May 31, 2017, has directed the heads of all the higher secondary institutions to carry out the “necessary action” i.e. to install the CCTV cameras on the premises of the educational institutions in the district.