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J&K parties condole principal’s killing; seek L-G’s resignation

The mainstream parties in the UT expressed solidarity with the aggrieved family even as they flagged the rise in civilian deaths in the Union Territory.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar |
Updated: October 9, 2021 9:02:11 am
jammu kashmir bindroo death, srinagar teacher shotRelatives pay their last respects to Makhan Lal Bindroo in Srinagar, on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Leaders of several political parties in J&K visited the family of Supinder Kour, the school principal killed in Srinagar in a suspected militant attack along with colleague Deepak Chand Thursday. Major political parties in the region expressed solidarity with the aggrieved family even as they flagged the rise in civilian deaths in the Union Territory.

Over the past week, seven civilians have died in similar incidents. As per the J&K police, 28 civilians have died in militancy-related incidents this year.

Former chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah met Kour’s family at their Srinagar residence.

Speaking to reporters later, Omar said, “Neither the Muslims, nor Sikhs or Pandits of the Valley feel safe here…No one can say that there was no information about this (possible attacks). For the last couple of months, I have been hearing that minority communities could face attacks. How did people in the government not know? And if they knew about this, why did they not take action?”

PDP chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti blamed the BJP government at the Centre for the situation in Kashmir. “The situation is deteriorating and the blame lies with the BJP government. This is the result of steps they have taken, starting from 2019,” she said.

The party also sought L-G Sinha’s resignation. “The Centre is directly ruling J&K through the L-G. They must be held accountable and in the current situation, Manoj Sinha should step down on moral grounds,” PDP chief spokesperson Suhail Bukhari said.

A Congress delegation led by J&K incharge and Member of Parliament Rajani Patil and J&K PCC President Ghulam Ahmad Mir met the families of ML Bindroo, the chemist who was killed by militants on Tuesday, and principal Kour.

Patil expressed his concern over the “deteriorating security situation” in the Valley and attacked the Centre for “failing to ensure peaceful atmosphere and safety of members of minority community.”

The PAGD alliance also held the Centre responsible for the ground situation. “The current situation prevailing in J&K is the result of the failure of the policies of the government.

Whether it was demonetisation or abrogation of Article 370, these decisions were sold to the country as a solution to the problems of militancy and alienation in Kashmir,” alliance spokesperson M Y Tarigami said.

L-G Manoj Sinha also visited Kour’s family to condole the death.

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