srinagar: 2 teachers shot dead in Srinagar, Pak terrorist outfit claims responsibility | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: Three armed terrorists of The resistance Front (TRF) barged into a boys’ higher secondary school in Eidgah locality of old Srinagar city on Thursday morning and killed its principal and a male teacher, the eyewitnesses said.
Later the Pakistani terror outfit claimed responsibility for killing the teachers of Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Eidgah, Sangam, in a statement released on Thursday.
“Shaheed Gazi Squad (TRF) carried out today’s (Thursday) target attack in Srinagar,” read the statement, adding that they were killed because the teachers had asked the school students to attend this year’s Independence Day programme at the institution.
According to the staff members of the school, the deceased principal, Supinder Kaur, was a Kashmiri Sikh woman and hailed from Aloocha Bagh Bund in uptown Srinagar while the teacher, identified as Deepak Chand, belonged to Kashmiri Pandit community.
A staff member said the principal and a few teachers, including Chand, had just arrived at the school around 10:30 am when the three terrorists barged in and asked for their identity cards, albeit to identify their religion.
The duo was taken out and shot at, one of the eyewitnesses said. While Chand died on the spot, the principal died on way to a hospital, the staff member said.
Chand was appointed under a PM package in October 2018 and was living in Jammu with the family since the time his family migrated during early 90s’ mass exodus. He is survived by a newborn girl and wife.
Kour, whose husband works at a J&K bank as a probation officer, is also survived by two children — a son who is a Class 6 student and daughter, a student of Class 4.
The terrorist outfit’s statement claimed that the teachers were targeted because they had urged students to attend the August 15 Independence Day function of the school.
Calling it a “filthy function”, the Pakistan terror outfit said that despite their warning and threat, these teachers had “harassed and warned the parents with dire consequences if any student didn’t attend the occupier regime’s 15th August filthy function at their school”.
In the statement, the TRF also threatened the residents of Jammu and Kashmir that no one would be spared if they chose to become “a pawn of occupier’s dictates or implement occupier’s dirty commands only to placate the occupier”.
Despite choosing to kill two teachers from minority communities of the Union territory, it claimed that the killings had nothing to do with religion and warned those elements who try to give this a religious angle. “Our fight is to safeguard our Freedom,” the terror outfit’s statement read, adding that the “domicile holders, stooges, and collaborators”, regardless of religion, are “enemies of the Kashmir struggle and will not be spared”.
The Resistance Front also warned people against installing CCTV cameras at shops and residences, “otherwise, our wrath will have no limit so shun these”, further read the statement.
The Resistance Front is the same Pakistani terrorist organisation that had last June threatened to kill all Indian civilians who are not from Kashmir and plan to settle in the valley.
Thursday’s targeted killing of two more civilians took the toll to seven, including three Kashmiri Muslims, in the last five days. Majid Ahmad Gojri, a resident of Chattabal, Srinagar, was killed at Karan Nagar, Mohammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo was shot at SD Colony Batamaloo and Mohammad Shafi Lone of Hajin in Bandipora.
Last Tuesday, three civilians, including Makhan Lal Bindroo, owner of a reputed Srinagar pharmacy, were shot dead by terrorists within two hours in separate incidents in Srinagar and Bandipora districts of the UT.
Mohammad Shafi Lone, who was militants shot dead at Naidkhai in Bandipora district in north Kashmir, was among Tuesday’s victims.
Director General of J&K Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said that killing of unarmed civilians in Srinagar is a move to damage and attack the age-old traditional communal harmony in Kashmir. “Police have already got some clues about the previous killings and have started a probe into the fresh incident too.”
Talking to reporters outside the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Eidgah, the DGP added that killing innocent civilians reflects frustration and barbarism.
“This is an attempt to defame the local Muslims of Kashmir. Killing innocents is a conspiracy to target the local ethos and values, which will be defeated by the police and people collectively. Police will nab the killers very soon,” he said.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Thursday said that those who killed the members of the minority communities in Kashmir will be tracked down and punished sternly.
“Those killing innocent members of minority communities in Kashmir want to put a break on the ongoing development. Wherever the killers are hiding, they will be tracked down and punished,” Naqvi told reporters.

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