‘Militants using pistols, working on leads’: IGP Kashmir on civilian killings

Srinagar: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar Thursday said that this year so far 28 civilians including five Hindus and two non-local labourers were killed by the militants in Kashmir.

As reported by Kashmir Walla, IGP in a statement said that “total 28 civilians have been killed by terrorists this year in 2021. Out of 28, five persons belong to the local Hindu/Sikh community and 2 non-local Hindu labourers”.

He further added: “Due to killing of huge numbers of terrorists of all outfits specially their leaderships, destruction of their support structures and continuous and effective maintenance of law & order, terrorists’ handlers across have got frustrated and changed their strategy and started targeting unarmed policemen, innocent civilians, politicians and now innocent civilians from minority communities including woman.”

He said that “in all such cases terrorists have been using pistols”.”These acts are committed by newly recruited terrorists or those who are about to join terrorist’s rank. In some cases, OGWs have been found directly involved,” read the statement.

IGP Kumar added that Jammu and Kashmir Police is working hard and “we are identifying all such part-time /hybrid terrorists and strictest action shall be taken against them”.

He mentioned that the police have received leads and they are working on it. “We have also been launching operations along with other security forces,” he said in the statement.

“We appeal to the general public, especially minority communities, not to panic. We have been maintaining peace and secured environment and will continue to do so,” the IGP said.

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