Targeted killings aimed to foment unrest in the region: J&K LG

Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said the targeted killings in the valley were an act of desperation to provoke the security forces to misbehave so that people could take to the streets in protest.

Stressing that there is no development and progress in this situation, he urged people to condemn the targeted killings of the innocent.

Inaugurating a residential school in Kulgam and laying the foundation for a new Tribal Youth Hostel, LG said, “A woman teacher who was instrumental in shaping young lives was killed. If society does not condemn such acts, we fail as human beings.

On May 31, Rajni Bala, a 36-year-old teacher of Jammu, was shot dead in the school campus of Gopalpora in Kulgam.

Sinha said that without peace, sustainable development and prosperity would not be possible.

“There are deliberate killings in the hope that the police and security forces will make a mistake, kill an innocent person and people will take to the streets to protest,” he said. Sinha said the administration would not allow it. “There is no action against an innocent person by the police, the security forces or the J&K administration,” he said. Sinha said that militancy was at its end and “when the candle burns, its flame burns brightly.”

“All efforts are being made to free the people of J&K from the shackles of terrorism,” he said.

J&K LG says the time has come for people to come forward to support the police and security forces in their campaign to exterminate terrorism.

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