(Al Jazeera) – They screamed and cried as they watched the fire spread in the darkness. Residents of three neighbouring villages rushed from their homes with buckets of water. But they couldn’t save the school. All that was left was ash. The benches and chairs were charred. The windows were shattered. “When the firemen finally arrived, there was nothing left, just smoke,” Tahseen Ali, a 31-year-old teacher at the Government Boys Middle School in Budgam, in India-administered Kashmir, says of the school that burned down on October 30.