”Centre failed to secure minorities in Kashmir, killings part of a plot”
Srinagar, Oct 09: The recent killings of minority civilians in Kashmir was a part of a well planned terror action plot, at the core of which is to drive out remaining minorities in the valley and create fear psychosis so that no one can return.
On 2nd October 2021, when the whole world was observing non-violence day on Gandhi Jayanti, a temple was desecrated in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district –Bargheshekha Bhagwati Mata Temple in the Mattan area of the south Kashmir district.
On October 5, Makhan Lal Bindroo was shot dead by terrorists as he sat in his shop in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park, an area dotted with police and paramilitary installations, He was in love with Kashmir,” he said. “He never wanted to leave Kashmir even when we urged him to leave . He would often say: ‘I will give my life but I won’t leave.” The Bindroos were also among the Kashmiri Pandit families who had chosen to stay on in the Valley even after targeted killings had forced a mass migration of the community in the 1990s . A terrorist group called The Resistance Front claimed responsibility for the killings of Bindroo and claimed he was “posing as a medical professional” and “conducting secret seminars” backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after serving Kashmiri people for nearly 32 years .
Terrorists shot dead principal and teacher in a Srinagar school after separating Muslim and non-Muslim teachers. Principal Satinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand died after they were shot dead at point-blank range at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Idgah, Sangam in Srinagar . According to Times Now, 4-5 teachers were having a meeting in the Principal’s office in the school when two terrorists entered the premises. They reportedly separated the Muslim teachers and dragged the two non-Muslim (Sikh and Hindu) teachers out. Then they opened fire at them at point-blank range and fled from the spot . Four terrorists, only two of whom carried pistols, walked into the school at about 11 am and killed the duo after singling them out in an identification parade. “The principal was a very compassionate woman. She never discriminated and even spent money from her own salary to help the poor Muslim kids,”
Another deceased was identified as Virendra Paswan, a native of Bhagalpur district of Bihar who was residing in Alamgari Bazar, Zadibal. He was a street vendor by profession who used to sell bhelpuri at the Hawal area of Srinagar. The Resistance Front claimed responsibility for his killing also, claiming that he was OWG for GOI agencies .
We, the RRRM, had already intimated to GoI several times through media & otherwise that the launch of Migrant distress sales portal will trigger an anti-minority feeling in some quarters, especially the Land Mafia.
We had been requesting the authorities to allocate separate land so that migrants can be rehabilitated . The purpose is to drive out minorities, Kashmiri Pandits out from Kashmir & exploit the communal fissures in india.
These attacks are a reminder that counter insurgency strategies have failed. The premature and triumphalist claims about normalcy in Kashmir got exposed two months ago when it was informed to the LG office in writing by Kashmiri Pandits that there are rumors that minorities in Kashmir will be targeted. Unfortunately, the LG office & security agencies ignored our inputs.
Despite the inputs to security agencies, the state govt & GoI failed to provide securities/ protection to minorities of Kashmir.
Now it is easier to politically use the plight of minorities/ Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir than to provide and ensure security to them
The political future is fragile and its human sympathies are dead. It needs great statesmanship to overcome these challenges .