Kashmir Indepth

Spate in civilian killings creates fear in Kashmir

Political parties, minorities ask Govt to ensure proper security
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Srinagar Oct 08 (KINS): The recent civilian killings have led to a fear among people with minorities seeking their proper security while political parties ask Kashmiri Pandits not to leave the valley.
Since October 5, seven civilians have been killed in Kashmir with six alone in Srinagar. Among them three were Muslims and four non-Muslims.
Dr Sidharth Bindroo son of late Makhan Lal’s has not come out of the shock. “Government has to take some serious steps for the safety and security of minorities in Kashmir. There is a high probability that it will happen again and again,” Sidharth told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
“These people (gunmen) want to make news and create a fear in Kashmir by killing innocent civilians. Such killings create ripples across,” he said.
“My father served the people of Kashmir for 40-years. Work was his priority, not the family. He told us that he had inputs about threats to his life. We suggested him to take proper precautions but when you are a public person you take no precautions. We told him we should leave but he insisted we should stay here as he had love for Kashmir and its people,” Sidharth added.
According to police, 28 civilians have been killed this year so far in Kashmir. Among them 21 were Muslims and 7 non-Muslims.
Khushi Jan, a Kashmiri Pandit, who was living with her family along with the family in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, has left for Jammu.
“We don’t want to live here when Pandits and Sikhs are being killed,” she told news agency KINS.
A Kashmiri Pandit at Sheikhpora in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district said he and his family did not move outside the colony after the recent killings.
“Although we are safe inside this colony as it has proper security, we can’t go outside to do the work. Some have to attend their offices and we can’t stay inside four walls for 24 hours,” the Pandit said, wishing not to be named.
All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that killings were part of the conspiracy to create a wedge between various communities. “Some people want to divide us and exploit the situation for their ulterior motives,” Raina said.
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Congress have asked Kashmiri Pandits not to leave the Valley and blamed the administration for deteriorating the situation in the valley.
Mehbooba Mufti said that the administration has failed to stop killings of civilians.
Meanwhile Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in his statement said that perpetrators of recent terror attacks will be punished. He has warned those aiding and abetting terrorists that every drop of innocent civilians’ blood will be avenged.
“I am aware that people of J&K UT and the whole nation are in deep anger. Everyone wants justice. I assure you that we have given free hand to the security agencies to eliminate the enemies of humanity, and soon the terrorists and those aiding and abetting them will pay for their heinous crimes. I want to assure the people of J&K that terrorist’s nefarious plan to destabilize the process of peace, development and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir will never succeed. The peace and progress accomplished by J&K UT in the last two years has rattled the neighboring country and some of its terror sympathizers in the UT. I want to assure the people that we will completely demolish their terror ecosystem,” he said.
“The youth of Jammu and Kashmir today wants development. After decades, they have new role models, and new aspirations. In July, 10.5 lakh tourists came to Jammu and Kashmir. The figure was 11.28 lakhs in August, and in September, the numbers crossed 12 lakhs. Certain elements across the border and their associates in UT have a problem with this kind of growth and prosperity. I also urge the intelligentsia of Jammu and Kashmir to unite against terrorism, so that we could defeat the biggest enemy of humanity,” he added. (KINS)

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