28 civilians killed in 2021 by militants so far, Out of 28, 5 belongs to local Hindu/ Sikh community and 2 non-locals

Police have got all leads in latest target killings, they are being identified: IGP Kashmir

Srinagar, October 07: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar on Thursday said that 28 civilians were killed by militants so far in this year.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that total of 28 civilians have been killed by militants this year in 2021. Out of 28, five persons belong to local hindu/sikh community and 2 non local hindu labourers.

IGP further said that due to killing of huge numbers of militants of all outfits specially their leaderships, destruction of their support structures and continuous and effective maintenance of law & order, militant handlers across have got frustrated, due to which they have changed their strategy and started targeting unarmed policemen, innocent civilians, politicians.

Now innocent civilians from minority communities including woman are being targeted.In all such cases militants have been using pistols.These acts are committed by newly recruited militants or those who are about to join militant ranks, he said.

In some cases, OGWs have been found directly involved. JKP is working hard and we are identifying all such part-time /hybrid militants 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 other 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, IGP added.