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Amid increasing incidents of burning of schools, the state government today pointed accusing fingers at separatists, saying they had started the “era of destruction” in Kashmir but were now trying to find an escape route.

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar also ruled out any probe into these incidents, saying, “One does not have to research for the source of this huge conspiracy against the hapless people of Kashmir.”

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In a statement here, he said, “burning of schools is one of the ploys to keep the fire burning (in Kashmir)… It is the same people who are promoting looting of banks, torching of shops and vehicles, stoning innocents, intimidation of citizens, who are responsible for burning the educational institutes.”

Over the last few months, around 25 schools have been burnt down mysteriously across the Kashmir valley.

Asserting that “no inquiry is needed to find out who is behind all this”, the minister said, “It is those people who have created this tirade against education, because they see it as a threat to their vested interests.”

Akhtar said the separatists had mounted a tiger and are now trying hard to keep the conflict going.

Targeting Yasin Malik, the minister said in the initial phase, the JKLF chief and others were “at the forefront of driving the shutdowns but now they have distanced themselves and thrown the ball solely in the court of (hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman) Syed Ali Shah Geelani.”