Minority communities, Recent acts of terrorism in Kashmir, particularly targeted killings of members of minority populations, have brought to memory the heinous massacre of 36 Sikhs in Anantnag’s Chattisinghpora hamlet in 2000. The act has prompted the adoption of a comprehensive strategy to address the resurgence of terrorism, particularly since the Pakistan-backed Taliban seized control of Afghanistan.
Supinder Kaur, the Sikh principal of Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Sangam Eidgah, Srinagar district, and Deepak Chand, a Hindu teacher at the same school, were killed on Thursday, prompting the Sikh community in the valley to express their outrage and call on Sikh government employees working in Kashmir to boycott their duties.
“We are concerned about the current killings, which remind us of the Chattisinghpora massacre,” said Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman of the All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC).
Separate occurrences two days before the Eidgah incident resulted in the deaths of Hindu Pundit Makhan Lal Bindroo, a chemist, Virender Pawan, a street seller, and Mohammad Shafi lone, a taxi driver.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (B), has described the recent killings of members of minority communities as “systematic targeting of minorities” and has urged both the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Administrator to improve minorities’ security.
“The assassination of two teachers in the valley is a horrific incident, and an attempt is being made to instil terror among the region’s minority communities,” he said.
The APSCC Chairman stated that this was their initial reply and that they would wait for responses from the UT administrator and the Centre government before taking any further action.
The incident occurred in Kashmir at a time when the region is experiencing a spike in tourists from across India, but it has dashed tourism sector ambitions.