Will give befitting reply, says Lt Guv
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha condemned the killing of two teachers belonging to minority communities on Thursday, saying a befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the terror attack.
He said the militants and their patrons will not succeed in disturbing peace in the Union Territory.
“I strongly condemn the barbaric killing of two of our teachers, Supinder Kour and Deepak Chand by terrorists. A befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous terror attacks on innocent people,” Sinha wrote on Twitter.
“The terrorists & their patrons will not succeed in disturbing peace, progress & prosperity of J&K UT. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends and colleagues,” he added.
The two teachers were shot dead by terrorists inside their school at Sangam in the Eidgah area of the city on Thursday.
The killing of the teachers took the number of civilians killed in the last five days in the Kashmir Valley to seven, including four from the minorities.
“I express my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families who lost their dear ones in the militant attacks. Even women too aren’t being spared,” he said.
“I have taken the review of the security situation. We have formulated a strategy to safeguard every citizen of J&K,” the Lt Guv said.
He said that the administration led by him and the security forces will soon avenge the civilian killings that took place in Srinagar or elsewhere.
“We will not spare the killers. They will be made accountable for the tears shed by the relatives of innocents killed by them,” he said.
He said some elements sitting here and across the LoC aren’t happy with the development and peace in Kashmir.
“In past three to four months, there has been a huge tourist influx. In July this year, 10.5 lakh tourists visited J&K, in August the figure went up to 11.28 lakh and in September this year, we had 12.25 lakh tourist arrivals in J&K,” he said, adding that there are elements who want to sabotage this pace.
The LG, however, said that he has directed the security forces including police, army and the paramilitary CRPF to maintain extra level of alertness to foil all bids aimed at killing innocent civilians. “A strategy has been formulated during a review meeting that security forces will ensure protection of lives of every citizen and prevent attacks on soft targets,” he said.
The LG said urged people of Kashmir to keep intact the age-old communal fabric and to further strengthen the bond between all communities.