Hindu school teacher in J-K’s Kulgam killed by terrorists

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KASHMIR:

A Hindu school teacher was gunned down by terrorists in the Kulgam district of the Kashmir region. The second killing of non-Muslim government employee this month has triggered a “massive” outrage over social media.

The killing of Rajni Bala (36), who belonged to Samba district but was posted at a government school in Gopalpora, Kulgam, is the second killing of a non-Muslim government employee this month and the seventh targeted killing in Kashmir this month. She sustained injuries when terrorists fired at her in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam, police said, adding that she was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival.

The incident happened at a High School in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam. The police has cordoned off the area. The Kashmir zone police have said that the terrorists involved in the gruesome crime will be soon identified and neutralised.

The incident was condemned by political leaders in Kashmir. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah twitted “Very sad. This is yet another targeted killing in a long list of recent attacks directed at unarmed civilians. Words of condemnation & condolence ring hollow as do the assurances of the government that they will not rest till situation normalises. May the deceased rest in peace,”

“Rajni was from Samba District of Jammu province. A government teacher working in Kulgam area of South Kashmir, she lost her life in a despicable targeted attack. My heart goes out to her husband Raj Kumar & the rest of her family. Another home irreparably damaged by violence,” he added.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti said that the targeted killings were on the rise in Kashmir despite the Centre’s claims of normalcy in the valley.

“Despite GOIs fake claims about Kashmir being normal its obvious that targeted civilian killings are on the rise & a deep cause of concern (sic). Condemn this act of cowardice which sadly plays into the vicious anti Muslim narrative spun by BJP,” she tweeted.

Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone also condemned the killing, saying “cowardice has yet again plummeted to shameless depths”. “Cowardice has yet again plummeted to shameless depths. A teacher- an innocent female hailing from Samba has been shot dead in Kulgam. May her soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Of the seven targeted killings that took place in Kashmir this month, three victims were off-duty policemen and four were civilians.

                                                                                     

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