Newly-recruited militants, OGWs behind recent civilian killings: police

Five local minority community members among 28 civilians killed in Kashmir this year so far: IGP
IGP Vijay Kumar
IGP Vijay KumarGK File

Srinagar Oct 7: The newly-recruited militants have carried out the recent civilian killings in Kashmir with overground workers being directly involved, a top police official said on Thursday, hours after two teachers were shot dead by militants in Srinagar.

In a statement, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that 28 civilians including five from local Hindu and Sikh minority communities and two non-local labourers have been killed in Kashmir in 2021 so far.

"In all such cases terrorists have been using pistols. These acts are committed by newly recruited terrorists or those who are about to join terrorist’s rank. In some cases, OGWs have been found directly involved,” he said.

"J&K Police is working hard and we are identifying all such part-time/hybrid terrorists and strictest action shall be taken against them. We have received several leads and are working on it. We have also been launching operations along with security forces. We appeal to general public specially minority communities not to panic. We have been maintaining peace and secured environment and will continue to do so".

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