Targeted Killings: Condemnations Continue To Pour In

SRINAGAR: Condemnation against the killing of a non-local bank manager by in Kulgam and the attack on non-local labourers in Chadoora continued to pour in.

Omar Abdullah 

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah while condemning the attack said: “So very sorry to hear about the targeted killing of Vijay Kumar. Tweeting to condemn an attack & condole a death are becoming a mind-numbingly regular thing. It’s heartbreaking to see families destroyed like this.”

“Second tweet today to condole the targeted killing of another non-local. Dilkhush, who was here from Bihar to earn a living, was shot & killed earlier this evening. While condemning this killing in the strongest possible terms I send my condolences to his family,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

Mehbooba Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti while condemning the killing Tweeted: “Condemn yet another targeted killing today of Vijay Kumar, a bank manager working in Kulgam. Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”

CPI(M) 

CPI(M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami has termed the killing of a bank manager as barbaric and said that this is yet another addition to the long list of civilian killings.

“No words are enough to condemn such barbaric acts. Such acts only suit the enemies of Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.

He said that the administration must post these employees in safer places and provide them with secure accommodations.

“Every citizen irrespective of his, or her affiliation must raise their voice against such heinous criminal acts,” said Tarigami in a statement.

Sajad Gani Lone

Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone also took to Twitter and wrote: “Yet again extremely sad news coming in. An innocent civilian working as a manager in a bank in Kulgam has been shot dead. Am at a loss of words to express my condemnation for such heinous acts. May the family have the courage to bear this loss. May the deceased rest in Peace.”

Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari

Apni Party President Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari in a statement said, “I am shocked to hear about this sad news. Seeing innocent people falling prey to the bullets every now and then is heart-wrenching. The targeted killing spree is becoming a routine here. Everybody must raise their voice against these heinous crimes.”

He added, “the slain bank manager was from Rajasthan and he was on duty in the Valley. What was his fault? Our heads must hang in shame seeing such brutal happenings.”

JKAP leader expressed his deepest sympathies with the bereaved family saying one can only imagine the pain that the kith and kin of Vijay Kumar must be feeling right now. He said, “There are no words to express our condolences to them. We all are grieved about the tragedy.”

He urged the security agencies to hunt down the assailants so that they face the justice system. He said, “the perpetrators of this heinous crime should not go unpunished.”

Devender Singh Rana 

Taking to Twitter, BJP leader Devender Singh Rana wrote: “Saddened by the killing of Vijay Kumar . This dastardly act is a Pak Design to create disharmony. Highly condemnable, these selective killings will not deter the Nation’s resolve to bring peace and normalcy back to J&K. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. RIP.”

Muzaffar Hussain Baig

Former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig has strongly condemned the selective targeting and killing of minorities in the Kashmir valley.

Baig in a statement said, “I express my heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones to the bullets of the barbarians. Those responsible for these killings are a curse to humanity.”

“Selective targeting of minorities will be counterproductive, will cripple the economy of Kashmir valley and scare away tourists.”

“Those behind these gruesome and inhumane acts are working at the behest of those who have always plotted and planned to destroy peace in Kashmir valley,” he said.

KCCI

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) has also condemned the recent killing of civilians and expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families.

“Terming the bloodshed as unacceptable in any society and against humanity,” KCC&I spokesperson said it goes against the basic spirit and concept of Kashmiriyat.

“The office bearers of Kashmir’s largest trade body are deeply shocked and distressed at the killing spree over the past few weeks. This according to the body has dented the image of Kashmiris again and is against cultural ethos,” the spokesperson said.

As the fear has engulfed en masse, the spokesperson said that we withstand by the innocents in this hour of grief, fear and insecurity. “Whoever kills an innocent life is as if, he has killed all of humanity,” said spokesperson.

“Kashmir is known for its hospitality and beauty and such incidents have unfortunately dented its image. Much to the aversion of common man, such incidents have an impact on local economy at a time when it was showing signs of recovery after a long lull,” said the spokesman.

As Kashmir’s economy is intricately linked with the non- migrant workforce working in Kashmir, the targeted killing spree can further slump the economy.

KCC&I has extended full sympathy with the families of the civilians killed in recent attacks in Kashmir.

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