‘Ensure no civilian killings take place in J&K’
In wake of civilian killings, security grid has been intensified across Kashmir.Habib Naqash for Greater Kashmir

‘Ensure no civilian killings take place in J&K’

LG directs security agencies

Jammu: In the wake of eleven civilian killings in over last one month, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has asked various security agencies to prevent any more civilian killings in Kashmir.

LG Sinha said this while chairing a meeting to review the security situation of the Union Territory, where he was briefed about measures taken by the forces. According to reports, the LG left for Delhi after Tuesday’s security review meeting. The LG chaired the meeting to review the security situation in the hinterland and along the borderline in the Union Territory, sources said.

He was briefed about various aspects of the security set-up and measures taken by the forces to deal with the situation, they said.

The top officials of various security wings including police, army, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies took part in the meeting, which also discussed the recent killings. The LG is reported to have told security agencies to ensure that there are no civilian killings in the region.It may be mentioned that the LG on Tuesday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with top officials of police, para-military forces and Intelligence agencies in which some senior officers from Kashmir division also participated.

This was the first major security review taken by the Lieutenant Governor after targeted civilian killings in Kashmir, the latest of which took place yesterday when a salesman of a Kashmiri Pandit owned shop was shot dead by the militants in Srinagar.

News reports said Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, Director General CID Rashmi Ranjan Swain, Additional DGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh and IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar briefed Sinha on various aspects of the situation besides senior officers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

In just more than one month, militants have killed eleven civilians across Kashmir, including several members of the minority community.

Militants Monday evening shot dead a civilian identified as Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, resident of Astengoo Bandipora who was working as salesman at a shop at Bohrikadal area in Srinagar.

Earlier on October 5, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a popular chemist and member of Kashmiri Pandit community was killed in the Iqbal park area of summer capital Srinagar inside his pharmacy.

On the same evening, Virendar Paswan, a non-local street vendor was killed at Lal Bazar while Muhammad Shafi Lone president Sumo drivers association Naidkhai was also shot dead.

On October 7, Deepak Chand, a teacher from Jammu and member of Pandit community, and Supinder Kour (a Sikh lady) who was principal of a government school and resident of Alochi Bagh, were killed in Sangam Eidgah area here.

On October 16, two non local labourers - Arvind Kumar Shah of Banka Bihar and Sagir Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh (UP) were killed by militants in Eidgah Srinagar and Litter Pulwama. On October 17, three non-local labourers from Bihar were fired upon by militants in Wanpoh, Kulgam. Two of them died on the spot.

The slain were identified as Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev and the injured was identified as Chunchun Reshi Dev. All are residents of Bihar.

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