Siraj-ul-Uloom Educational Institute is positioned in Hillow village, a nondescript village of apple orchards, within the Imam Sahib space of Shopian district of south Kashmir
On 13 October, the Jammu and Kashmir Police stated that it arrested three lecturers from the Siraj-ul-Uloom Educational Institute underneath the Public Safety Act, in Imam Sahib Shopian. The police claimed that such a step was taken after it discovered that a few of the institute’s lecturers have been concerned in militant actions.
Kashmir’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar stated at a press convention stated the varsity is affiliated with the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) outfit. JeI was banned in February 2019, by the Ministry of External Affairs, citing ‘unlawful activities, ‘prejudicial to internal security and public order’ as the principle causes behind the ban.
Mohammad Yousuf Wani, 65-year-old from Mala Dair is without doubt one of the accused within the case. Surrounded by apple orchards, Mala Dair village is 14 kilometres from the Shopian district, and is residence to 216 households. The individuals on this space are largely apple-growers. His household stated Wani was arrested in March this yr for his involvement in Jamaat-i-Islami. She stated Wani had left the organisation on the time it was banned.
“He has not been part of it after falling ill.”
A relative of Wani claims that he was working in a multitude some years in the past in Siraj-ul-Uloom, and was not educating within the faculty. He was launched on bail on 17 August. As per the household, he was launched after his well being worsened in jail. His bail software additionally reads that Wani is affected by diabetes and hypertension.
A couple of kilometres from Mala Dair, 32-year-old Rouf Ahmad Dar from Khurram Pora Trenz is the second particular person whose title has popped up within the faculty controversy. Dar was slapped with provisions of the Public Safety Act on 19 July. A relative, who wished to stay nameless, stated they aren’t certain whether or not Dar is identical particular person named by the police. To make issues worse, the police too did not verify his identification.
Dar was a postgraduate scholar of Arabic and earlier than his arrest, he was making ready for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). “He was never a part of that school. He has studied in different schools from the district and he was not a member of teaching staff there,” his household stated. This correspondent visited the varsity and spoke to the principal of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Farooq Ahmad. He refuted the claims that Dar or Wani have been related to the institute. “We never had any teachers with such names working in our school,” he stated.
Located in Hillow village, a nondescript village of apple orchards, within the Imam Sahib space of Shopian district of south Kashmir, the tutorial institute is at stone’s throw from a police station and two garrisons, belonging to the military and CRPF respectively.
The faculty is unfold on huge 121 kanals of land (one kanal is roughly 500 sq. metres) and has additionally an apple orchard within the campus, which, as per them, additionally helps with the institute’s revenue. Coming from totally different elements of Jammu and Kashmir, nearly 620 college students are enrolled on this institute, from Class 5 onwards. Besides the principle deal with the Quran and Arabic educating, the programs embrace Arts, medical and non-medical streams.
Ahmad, the principal, stated that the institute’s revenue comes from the charges of scholars, the orchards, and the donations from locals — which the administration is already investigating.
“We have shown them the papers; we are just simple people who want to give their students the basic religious and modern education. Our syllabi are that of the board and University of Kashmir,” stated one other instructor on the identical faculty. Since the day the institute has been underneath surveillance, the lecturers and college students’ routine has been affected.
Besides claiming that they by no means had any instructor by the names talked about by the police, the lecturers say the 13 individuals wholater joined the militancy are usually not current college students related to the institute. Furthermore, all of them have been killed. Ahmad added, “As per their school records, some of them have studied here in the past for not more than a year and left their studies midway.”
He stated that because the institution of the institute in 2000, many officers have been invited by the institute on varied events. “We have students who have become police officers as well and who dream of becoming IPS officers in future. We don’t brainwash them.” he stated.
The college students
The faculty authorities are cooperating with the police investigation. However, the scholars finding out within the institute say they’re being disturbed, after their faculty got here underneath surveillance. “We trust our teachers. They will handle this situation. But for the past few days the army is repeatedly coming here to take pictures and videos. We are not comfortable with all that,” stated a 17-year outdated scholar of Class 10.
The lecturers declare, “[The soldiers] would normally come prior to now to play with the scholars, however proper now it’s a totally different factor: Students panic when they’re captured on video,” stated one of many lecturers. The faculty has 150 members of educating and non-teaching workers from totally different districts of Kashmir. “We usually check the qualification of the teacher who is applying for the post, but how can we dig into the personal lives of any person?” requested the principal of the varsity.
Aqib Gani, a scholar from Banihal, stated that he had come a good distance from his hometown with a terrific impression of the varsity in his thoughts. “This is a peaceful place. We love playing sports and reading spiritual and modern books,” he stated. Referring to an alumnus referred to as Shahid Alim, who gained admission to Cambridge University, Gani stated, “He is my inspiration. We have many such alumni who have become doctors, engineers and cracked civil service exams.”
Right now the police claims that it’s protecting surveillance on the varsity. And whereas the varsity administration is cooperating with the investigation, it fears for the long-term influence on the varsity’s popularity. “We do care about our school’s reputation. How parents will interpret all of this is also a matter of concern for us,” Ahmad added.
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