An unidentified person referred to as a militant was killed in a police operation in South Kashmir’s Pulwama which added one more to 11 killed in encounters since October 08th in the valley. Inspector general of Police named Vijay Kumar who was working on the operation told, a senior commander of Lashkar-e- Taiba, Umar Mushtaq Khanday was also captured in the Pampore encounter. Mushtaq was believed to be one of those involved in the killing of two policemen in Srinagar.
He is considered one of the top militants in the valley. Multiple anti-militancy operations are on in Srinagar and various belts of Kashmir after the killing of civilians and police officials in the area. The entire valley was in constant fear after hearing the nerve spraining killing of civilians in the last few days.
Makhan Lal Bindroo, 68 who used to run a family-based medical store and was known for selling life-saving drugs in the region was shot thrice and was declared dead.
Satinder Kaur aged 50 who was the principal of Government Boys School in the Eidgah area along with a teacher named Deepak Chand were also shot and killed by some unidentified assailant on October 8th. A Hindu street vendor from the eastern state of Bihar and a Muslim cab driver, both of whom were ruinously shot by unknown men. Earlier on 2 October, two Kashmiri Muslims were killed similarly.
This creates a cloud of massive fear in the lives and livelihoods of the minorities who chose to stay in touch with their homeland even knowing the intense fear of target killings.
This has led to an intense situation of unease and fear among the people, especially among the religious minorities. These are only a few of the cases that came to light Kashmir is known to be the land of untold and undemocratic deaths and killings.
“Government forces have killed 225 militants, including all top commanders of several militant outfits in 2020,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh told during an interview.
He also mentioned the deaths of 16 policemen, 44 army and paramilitary soldiers were also killed during operations or militants. Three youth from Srinagar were killed by security forces last year and were called Militants. The family protested and claimed how none of the kids had any links with any militant group.
Some international rights groups have strongly condemned these extrajudicial killings of civilians in the region.
Kashmir located in the Himalayan region which both India and Pakistan claim to be there has had a byzantine history for ages. Both the countries have always been into wars to claim the land to be in their control and because of lack of good administration and governance it has been affecting the people residing there since then. It was claimed and promised by the ruling BJP government that terrorism will not be a problem for the people of Kashmir when Delhi revoked the region’s special autonomy in 2019 but the current situation only depicts the false claims of peace and normalcy.