Srinagar, May 31: Political leaders across party lines Tuesday condemned the killing of RajniBala, a teacher at a government school in Gopalpora, Kulgam.
National Conference (NC) president, Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah described the killing as brutal and said the unending targeted killings in Kashmir is a matter of grave concern.
While condemning the killing of Rajni from Samba, Dr Farooq said, “I condemn the dastardly killings unreservedly and express my unison with her family. The perpetrators, who have committed this heinous act, have no religion. No religion condones violence. Nothing justifies such bloodshed.”
Omar Abdullah said, “This is yet another targeted killing in a long list of recent attacks directed at unarmed civilians. Words of condemnation and condolence ring hollow as do the assurances of the government that they will not rest till the situation normalises. May the deceased rest in peace.”
BJP general secretary and incharge Jammu, Kashmir and LadakhTarunChugh and J&K BJP general secretary (organization) Ashok Koul said that the brutal killing of a female teacher by terrorists in Kulgam, Kashmir is extremely sad and painful.
Ashok Koul said that a befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous terror attacks on innocent people.
BJP leader Devender Singh Rana observed that selective killings are acts of terrorism aimed at creating disharmony, adding people of Kashmir, particularly the civil society must come out strongly and openly against Pakistan and her proxies who are responsible for such dastardly killings.
Rana hoped the people of Kashmir will come forward to restore the pristine glory of the Valley that has received a huge dent by the alien gun culture over the past three decades.
All India Congress Committee in-charge J&K RajniPatil, who arrived in Jammu on Tuesday, is on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Patil along with JKPCC working-president Raman Bhalla and other senior leaders straightway from Airport visited the residence of NPP founder late Prof Bhim Singh. Paying tributes to the deceased, she said that Bhim Singh rose to national and international fame by his tireless and daring contribution in providing Justice and equity to the masses. He was renowned and legendary not only as a political leader but as a great visionary, thinker and intellectual, she observed. J&K has lost a legal luminary and a great leader who fought tooth & nail for his people. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, she said.
Apni Party (AP) president Syed Mohammad AltafBukhari termed the killing as a heinous crime by the terrorists.
“The targeted killing spree has created havoc and absolute insecurity among the masses. Nobody is able to understand why innocent people are being gunned down. Everyone, irrespective of his or her religious belief and political ideology is frightened in the Valley. RajniBala’s killing is the seventh targeted killing in Kashmir in the month of May. Earlier, six innocent people including Kashmir Pandit Rahul Bhat and three off-duty policemen were killed in the same manner,” Bukhari said.
The AP president urged people to raise their voices against this mindless bloodshed. He said, “Unless people unite to raise their voices against the civilian killings, these killings will not stop. Every one of us ought to fight against this ruthlessness, and everyone should condemn these killings in the strongest possible terms.”
The CPI (M) leader MohamadYousufTarigami termed the killing as tragic and unfortunate. This is yet another addition to the long list of civilian killings. There seems no end to the bloodletting, he said in a statement. The administration must post these employees in safer places and provide them with secure accommodations, he added.
Chairman People's Democratic Front (PDF) and former Minister Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen, while expressing serious concern over the spree in civilian killings said," Enough is enough, how long innocents will continue to be killed like ducks by the bullets from either side, he said, adding that violence has no space in a civilized society. He said history is testimony that violence brings only death and destruction adding that spree in killings of soft targets by the unidentified gunmen has spread a chilling wave of insecurity among the people.
Apni Party (AP) provincial president Jammu Manjit Singh condemned the killing and appealed to the government to shift all the government employees from Jammu regions to the district headquarters. He appealed to the government to review its policy and shift all the Jammu people working in different departments of Kashmir valley back to their native districts in this division for safety and security reasons.
Senior NC leader and former minister Ajay Kumar Sadhotra said the targeted terror attacks have assumed alarming proportions in the Valley and the government must take effective measures to instil sense of security and confidence among the people in general and those working there in particular.
PDP leader ArifLaigaroo said killing of innocent people benefits only the enemies of peace and people of all sections of society must come forward to stop this vicious cycle of violence.