Opposition condemns civilian killings in Kashmir, blames Centre for safety failure

Opposition leaders on Thursday condemned the focused killing of civilians within the Kashmir valley and alleged that the central authorities has fully failed to supply safety to the folks of Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi mentioned that terrorism has “neither stopped due to demonetisation” nor after the “abrogation of Article 370” in Kashmir.

“Incidents of violence are increasing in Kashmir. Terrorism has neither stopped due to demonetisation nor after the abrogation of Article 370 – the central government has completely failed to provide security,” the Congress chief mentioned in a tweet in Hindi.

Gandhi’s tweet got here on a day two authorities faculty lecturers had been shot useless by militants in Eidgah space of Srinagar. A complete of seven civilians have been killed by militants in Kashmir Valley within the final 5 days.

Earlier this week, a distinguished Kashmiri Pandit businessman, who ran two medical shops in Srinagar together with one began by his household in 1947, was amongst three individuals killed in a sequence of assaults by suspected militants. A avenue meals vendor in Srinagar, who hailed from Bihar, and a taxi stand association president in Bandipora had been additionally killed within the assaults.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Sanjay Singh termed the killing of the 2 lecturers as “heart-wrenching”. Taking a jibe on the BJP authorities, he requested, “Why are those who beat their 56- inch chest silent?”

National Conference chief Omar Abdullah additionally condemned the incident. “Shocking news coming in again from Srinagar. Another set of targeted killings, this time of two teachers in a Govt school in Idgah area of the city,” Abdullah tweeted.

“Words of condemnation are not enough for this inhuman act of terror but I pray for the souls of the deceased to rest in peace,” he added.

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) chief Altaf Bukhari mentioned there’s a must ponder whether or not the bottom and human intelligence has failed or the enemy has change into sharper and extra organised.

Bukhari, who has been spearheading political actions in Jammu and Kashmir for the reason that abrogation of its particular standing by the Centre, additionally warned that any additional “delay in the revival of grassroots democracy will only lead us to mayhem, which we have started witnessing.”

Security personnel on the authorities faculty the place two lecturers had been shot useless by militants on Thursday.

“My head hangs in shame. I do not know how to face the family of Bindroo. I do not how to face the vendor (Virender Paswan) or the person killed in Bandipore. This is simply inhuman,” Bukhari was quoted as saying by PTI.

Expressing shock, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal additionally urged the Centre and the UT administration to beef up safety within the area.

He mentioned it was surprising that seven civilians had been killed within the final 5 days in Kashmir.

“It seems members of the minority community, as well as outsiders, were being targeted as part of a new terrorist action plan. The UT administration needs to re-evaluate its security strategy immediately to meet this new challenge,” Badal mentioned in a press release.

Meanwhile, Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu mentioned that parts backed by Pakistan had been behind the assaults. Appealing to all of the communities to face collectively, Mattu mentioned, “Kashmir belongs to people of all religious beliefs”.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi mentioned the federal government will smoke the perpetrators “out of their holes and hold them accountable”.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan additionally mentioned perpetrators “will be dealt with an iron hand”.

“These attacks on innocent civilians by the radicals not only exposes the hollowness of their beliefs, it also reveals the boiling frustrations of their masters across the border due to the normalcy in the valley,” he mentioned in a tweet.


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