Killing of citizens of Jammu and Kashmir with the aim of sabotaging the claim of ‘normalcy’?

Naveen Bharat Editorial

New Delhi: The recent attacks on non-Muslim civilians in the Kashmir Valley may be an attempt by terrorist organizations to thwart the central government’s claim of restoring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, feel some senior officials. Is.

According to sources in intelligence agencies, terrorists plan to carry out more civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir, targeting more members of minority communities living in Anantnag and Kulgam areas. “There are specific inputs about the possibility of targeted killings in about 10 colonies, where there is a large population of non-Muslims,” ​​a senior intelligence official told this newspaper.

The intel was created on Friday, a day after two government teachers were shot dead in Srinagar city, the official said. Another top security official said that fresh intelligence suggests that the terrorists want to send a message of “no normalcy” in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s scheduled visit to the Valley this month.

With these attacks, the official said, the terrorists wanted to break the Centre’s assertion that abrogation of Article 370 led to a “revival of normalcy, boosted tourism and complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India”. And instead an atmosphere of fear arose. and insecurity, especially among minority communities.

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Meanwhile, an analysis of government data shows that more people from minority communities have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir this year than last year, though the total number of civilians killed in the UT this year is the number of civilians killed in 2019. less than the number. and 2020 (on 5 October for all years). The data analyzed by this newspaper comes amid widespread panic among minorities in the Valley over incidents of targeted killings in the past one week. Several Kashmiri Pandits have reportedly fled the Valley while many are in the process of leaving their homes.

Till October 5 this year, 29 civilians have been killed in the newly created union territory. Of these, five were non-Muslims. Till October 5 last year, 37 civilians, including three non-Muslims, had been killed in terrorist incidents. The year 2019, when the erstwhile state was bifurcated into two union territories and revoked its special status, saw a high number of civilian casualties during the same period. Thirty-four Muslims and six non-Muslims were killed in terrorist attacks as of October 5, 2019.

Over 300 arrested
Over 300 people have been detained by the local police for questioning in connection with the killing of civilians. Many more people are likely to be detained and questioned during the next one week

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