A family member of Deepak Chand, a teacher who was killed during a terrorist attack, being consoled by relatives in Jammu.(PTI photo)
SRINAGAR: Terrorists shot dead a woman school principal from the Kashmiri Sikh community and a Kashmiri Pandit teacher after demanding to see their identity cards inside a government-run campus in Srinagar’s Eidgah locality on Thursday, two days after a prominent Kashmiri Pandit businessman of the city and a migrant roadside vendor from Bihar were gunned down within hours of each other.
Three pistol-wielding terrorists barged into Sangam Eidgah Boys’ Higher Secondary School around 10.30am and singled out 44-year-old Supinder Kour and her colleague Deepak Chand after confirming who among the staff were from any community other than Kashmiri Muslims, eyewitnesses said.Both were escorted out of the building and shot multiple times before the assailants walked out of the campus, they said.Chand died instantly while Kour succumbed to her injuries en route to hospital.
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No students were present as offline classes have not resumed; only staff members are required to be present for a few hours every day.
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DGP Dilbag Singh termed the wave of terror attacks on civilians in Srinagar — six people have been killed in a week, two of them Kashmiri Muslims — part of a strategy “to damage the age-old traditional communal harmony in Kashmir and defame local Muslims”.
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Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba affiliate TRF claimed responsibility for the killings, but claimed these had nothing to do with the victims’ religion.”Our fight is to safeguard our freedom…Domicile holders, stooges, and collaborators, regardless of religion, are enemies of the Kashmir struggle and will not be spared,” it said, specifying that the school principal and her colleague had been targeted because they pressured students to attend the Independence Day function on the campus on August 15.
The outfit had also issued a statement after shooting dead Makhan Lal Bindroo, the owner of Srinagar’s landmark Bindroo Medicate pharmacy, and bhelpuri vendor Virender Paswan in the city on Tuesday.
The outfit’s third victim that day, Mohammad Shafi Lone of Hajin in Bandipora, was a native Kashmiri.
The renewed cycle of attacks targeting non-Muslim minorities in J&K, starting with Congress sarpanch Ajay Pandita being shot dead in his orchard in Anantnag in June 2020, bears the stamp of the early 90s, when thousands of Pandits were forced to flee a cleansing by terror outfits.
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Slain school teacher Chand’s family had been among the hundreds who migrated from the Valley to Jammu during the exodus three decades ago.
He returned to Srinagar after getting his job in October 2018 as part of a special recruitment drive announced by PM Narendra Modi.Chand recently became father to a baby girl.
School principal Kour, a mother of two school-going kids, hailed from Aloocha Bagh in uptown Srinagar.
Her husband is a probationary officer with J&K Bank.
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