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Ensure safety of all citizens in JK: Priyanka to Centre

Ensure safety of all citizens in JK: Priyanka to Centre
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New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday condemned the killing of innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir by militants and urged the central government to take immediate steps for ensuring the safety of all citizens.
As many as seven civilians have been killed by militants in Kashmir Valley in the last five days.
A woman principal and a teacher were shot dead at a point blank range inside a government school on Thursday.
“The increasing attacks on our Kashmiri sisters and brothers by militants are painful and condemnable. We are with our Kashmiri sisters and brothers in this difficult time,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
The central government should take immediate steps to ensure the safety of all citizens, the Congress general secretary said.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi also condemned the recent killing of civilians and urged the Centre to take effective measures to ensure the safety of the Union Territory’s residents.
Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a number of killings of civilians in the last few days, with the latest on Thursday, when principal Supinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand were shot dead at point blank range inside a government school in Srinagar.
On Tuesday, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit, and a vendor, Virendra Paswan from Bihar, were killed by terrorists in Srinagar, and civilian, Mohammad Shafi Lone, in Bandipora. Terrorists shot dead Majid Ahmad Gojri in Srinagar and Mohammad Shafi Dar at Batamaloo on Saturday.
Channi expressed deep anguish over the gruesome killings of the principal and the teacher.
The chief minister has urged the Centre to take effective measures to ensure protection and security of people there (Jammu and Kashmir) who are living under the atmosphere of uncertainty due to constant threat and fear from various terrorist outfits, according to an official statement.
Channi also emphasised the need to immediately repose a sense of security amongst the minorities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Severe punishment according to the law should be given to those who have perpetrated this heinous crime against humanity to destroy the ethos of peace, harmony and brotherhood, he said, referring to the Thursday killings.
Channi said that severe punishment will act as a deterrent for others and they will not dare to repeat such ghastly acts, which should be condemned in the strongest possible words by one and all.
The chief minister also requested Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to direct the administration to extend all possible help to the grieving families in these difficult times.


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