A WEEK after a series of attacks on civilians, particularly non-Muslims, set off alarm bells from Srinagar to Delhi, militants struck once more on Saturday night, killing two non-locals.
Whereas Arvind Kumar Sah, a road vendor from Bihar, was shot within the head from point-blank vary in Srinagar, experiences got here minutes later of Sageer Ahmad, a carpenter belonging to Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, being fired at in Litter village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Ahmad later succumbed to his accidents.
The assaults got here barely hours after IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar stated that they had recognized the “militants answerable for these (civilian) killings”, including that whereas two had been killed, they had been near “neutralising” three others. He additionally denied a safety lapse, noting that police couldn’t be anticipated to offer safety to everybody.
The collection of civilian killings within the Valley this month began with the taking pictures of outstanding businessman Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Kashmiri Pandit who had stayed on within the Valley, at his fashionable medical retailer in Srinagar on October 5. The identical day, one other road vendor from Bihar, Virendar Paswan, was shot in Lalbazar neighbourhood of Srinagar, whereas a neighborhood, Mohammad Shafi, was attacked at Hajin in Bandipore.
Two days later, suspected militants barged into a college in Srinagar and killed two teachers — the principal, Supinder Kaur, a Sikh, and Deepak Chand, a resident of Jammu.
Strongly condemn the killing of road vendor Arvind Kumar in a terror assault in Srinagar at the moment. That is yet one more case of a civilian being focused like this. All Arvind Kumar did was come to Srinagar seeking incomes alternatives & it’s reprehensible that he was murdered
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 16, 2021
There have been experiences of a number of Kashmiri Pandits leaving the Valley quickly after, with the killings reviving fears of a repeat of the Nineteen Nineties when Kashmiri Pandits had left the Valley after members of the neighborhood had been killed by militants.
Director Common of Police Dilbag Singh has stated the latest killings are geared toward damaging communal concord. Union House Minister Amit Shah had held a high-level safety evaluate after the varsity shootout, and high R&AW, NIA and Intelligence Bureau officers have been stationed within the Valley since to supervise operations to hint the militants behind the killings.
Earlier than the recent killings on Saturday, IGP Kumar denied that the incidents had been the results of a safety lapse. “I’ve been saying repeatedly that there was no safety lapse… (The militants) attacked comfortable targets, whom we had not supplied safety. It’s not doable to offer safety to each comfortable goal,” he stated.
On politicians speaking about this (amongst others, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated there was an intelligence failure), Kumar, responding to a query, stated: “It’s the job of politicians to talk ulta-pulta… We’re knowledgeable police pressure… I understand how to deal with it and we’ll do it.”
On Friday, police claimed to have killed two militants in separate gunfights in Srinagar and Pulwama, and named the 2 — Shahid Bashir and Tanzeel Ahmad, each residents of Srinagar — as “collaborators” within the latest killings.
On Saturday, two extra militants had been reported killed in an in a single day gunfight in Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, with police saying certainly one of them, Umer Mushtaq Khanday, had killed two of its personnel in Srinagar. The opposite militant was recognized as Shahid Khursheed, a resident of Channapora in Srinagar.
Within the week because the civilian killings, the Valley has witnessed eight gunfights, wherein 11 militants have been killed.
Leaders throughout events condemned the killings. Nationwide Convention president Omar Abdullah tweeted, “All Arvind Kumar did was come to Srinagar seeking incomes alternatives and it’s reprehensible that he was murdered.”
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti posted: “Such unlucky incidents solely reinforce the speedy want to achieve out to the individuals of J&Ok by initiating a constructive dialogue.”
“Killing (a) poor vendor and carpenter, who earn their livelihood by way of laborious work, is (an) inhuman and barbaric act,” BJP normal secretary and in-charge Kashmir Affairs Sunil Sharma stated.