Indian Home Minister Holds Emergency Meeting After Two Teachers Killed in Kashmir
12:26 GMT 07.10.2021 (Updated: 14:40 GMT 06.08.2022)
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in India has witnessed ongoing separatist violence, with civilians being targeted by terror groups. On Wednesday an uproar was witnessed after a well-known Srinagar chemist, ML Bindroo, hailing from the minority Kashmiri Pandit community, was killed. He was shot at point blank range at his workplace.
Indian Home Minister Amit Shah summoned an emergency meeting of the security agencies to take stock of the situation in Kashmir on Thursday, hours after two teachers were shot dead by terrorists in the morning.
The security review comes in the wake of a spree of civilian killings, seven in the past 10 days. The killings have come at a time when around 70 federal ministers are on a nine-week outreach programme in Jammu and Kashmir.
6 October 2021, 10:16 GMT
The federal government's security review meeting was chaired by Home Minister Shah and attended by national security advisor Ajit Doval.
Director General of the Border Security Force Pankaj Kumar, Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvind Kumar, as well as Research and Analysis Wing head Samant Kumar Goel also participated in the meeting that focused on countering increasing terror attacks.
On Thursday, police officials said that unknown gunmen had barged into a state government-run school in the Iddgah Sangam area, in the old city, and fired from a point blank range at two teachers. Both died on the spot.
The victims, both of whom belonged to minority communities, were identified as Satinder Kaur, principal of the school and Deepak Chand, a local resident. Chand, a Kashmiri Pandit had reportedly recently shifted back to Kashmir from Jammu where his family had migrated in the 1990s when militancy broke out.
Chand is the second Kashmiri Pandit to have been killed in two days by terrorists in Kashmir. On Wednesday, M.L. Bindroo, a well-known chemist, whose family was among the few Kashmiri Pandits who refused to leave Kashmir despite a looming threat over the past four decades, was gunned down, at point blank range, at his clinic on Srinagar street.
Mehbooba Mufti, the former chief of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, and the head of Peoples Democratic Party, expressed concern over the worsening situation in Kashmir.
What has become a matter of concern is that the radical Islamists are once again systematically targeting minority communities, said Director General of Police Dilbag Singh after visiting the terror attack site.
"This is an attempt to defame local Muslims of Kashmir. Killing innocent civilians, including teachers, is a move to attack and damage the age-old tradition of communal harmony and brotherhood in Kashmir,"he added.
21 September 2021, 02:22 GMT
The Resistance Front, a militant organisation floated after the federal government ended Jammu and Kashmir's special status, had claimed responsibility for the attacks against civilians earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has condemned the killing of the two teachers, saying that "a befitting reply will be given" to those responsible for the "heinous terror attacks on innocent people".