kashmir: HM Amit Shah, J&K LG likely to review Kashmir situation, targeted civilian killings on Saturday | India News


NEW DELHI: Union Minister of the Interior Amit shah He is likely to have conversations with Jammu and cashmere Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha Saturday on the security situation in the union territory following the recent targeted killings, including those of Hindus and Sikhs.
Government sources said that at least seven civilians were killed by terrorists in the past five days.
The interior minister and LG are expected to do a detailed review of the prevailing public order situation and how to control terrorist attacks in the Kashmir valley, the sources said.
Senior officials from the Union Ministry of the Interior, intelligence agencies and the Jammu and Kashmir administration are expected to attend the meeting.
At a high-level meeting on Thursday, Shah was briefed on the terrorists’ latest modus operandi to carry out attacks on soft targets and measures taken to tighten security, the sources said.
Shah has ordered officials to ensure that those involved in the killings are caught. Such incidents are not repeated.
The central government has already sent a senior official from the Intelligence Office to Srinagar to coordinate operations against terrorists.
A principal and a teacher were killed point-blank inside a public school in Srinagar on Thursday.
Of the seven killed in the past five days, four were from minority communities and six of the deaths occurred in Srinagar.
Supinder Kaur, headmaster of the Eidgah Government Children’s Higher Secondary School in Srinagar, and Deepak Chand, were shot and killed at around 11.15 am on the school premises.
There were no students at the school at the time of the incident.
Makhan Lal Bindroo, a prominent Kashmiri pundit and owner of Srinagar’s most famous pharmacy, was shot dead in his shop on Tuesday.
A ‘chaat’ seller, Virendra paswan from Bihar, and another civilian, Mohammad Shafi Lone, were also killed on Tuesday in Srinagar and Bandipora respectively.
On Saturday, terrorists shot dead Majid Ahmad Gojri in Srinagar and Mohammad Shafi Dar in Batmaloo.
According to official statistics, a total of 28 civilians have been killed by terrorists so far in 2021.
Of the 28 killed, five belong to local Hindu or Sikh communities and two non-local Hindu workers.
Officials said that due to the killings of large numbers of terrorists from all groups, especially their leaders, and the destruction of their support systems, the Pakistan-based terrorist handlers became frustrated and changed their strategy and began targeting unarmed police officers, innocent civilians, politicians and innocent civilians from minority communities, including women.
In all of those cases, the terrorists have been using guns that they can easily carry, officials said.
Most of these acts are committed by newly recruited terrorists or those about to join the ranks of terrorists, they said.
According to official data, to date, 97 terrorist attacks have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir this year, 71 against security forces and 26 against civilians.
In 2020, a total of 105 attacks were reported, 80 against security forces and 25 against civilians.

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