At least 17 cases of targeted killing so far this year
In Kashmir, once again for the last two years, the cycle of selective killing of Kashmiri Pandits and non-Kashmiris is continuing. It can be gauged from this that so far this year there have been at least 17 terrorist incidents of targeted killing. Most of the targets are Kashmiri Pandits or non-Kashmiris. Similarly, in 1989, terrorists selectively started killing Kashmiri Hindus. The situation deteriorated very rapidly. On the night of 19 January 1990, it was announced from the loudspeakers of local mosques that Kashmiri Pandits should leave the Valley if they want their safety. If you want to live here, accept Islam or be ready to die. After that, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits left their homes, businesses, jobs, etc. to save their lives and went on mass exodus. Even after 3 decades, they are forced to live like a refugee in their own country. That terrible period of targeted killing in the valley lasted from 1989 to 2003. Now once again the same phase has started.
New round of targeted killing running from February 2021
In less than a year, terrorists have selectively targeted Kashmiri Pandits or non-Kashmiris in the Kashmir Valley. Earlier, security forces were the target of terrorists but now Hindus are once again on their target. Moderate Muslims and pro-nationalist Muslims are also targets of Islamic terrorists. Last month, terrorists gunned down TV actress Amrin Bhat in Budgam. A new round of targeted killings in Kashmir has started from February 2021 when Akash Mehra, the owner of Krishna Dhaba in Srinagar, was shot dead inside his restaurant. On 5 October 2021, the famous drug dealer ML Bindru of the valley was murdered in his shop. Two days later, school principal Supinder Kaur was murdered in Srinagar. Then a teacher named Deepak Chand was murdered. The terrorists first checked their I-cards and after seeing Hindu names shot them. In 2021, terrorists killed at least 35 civilians in the Kashmir Valley. This trend continues this year as well. So far this year there have been at least 17 targeted killings. Recently Rahul Bhat, Rajni Bala and Vijay Kumar were killed by terrorists. On April 4, Bal Krishna, a Kashmiri Pandit, was shot dead near his house in Shopian. During this, at least 3 laborers from outside Jammu and Kashmir were shot by the terrorists.
The latest era is reminiscent of the dark era of 90
There is fear in the Kashmiri Pandit community due to this new era of target killing. They have been protesting since the assassination of Rahul Bhat last month. Their demand is that the government should give them security, the employed Kashmiri Pandits should be transferred from the remote areas of the valley to a safer place. The latest era of targeted killing is reminiscent of the dark era of the 1990s. At that time the killing of Kashmiri Pandits had become a daily affair. The series started from March 14, 1989, when a woman named Prabhavati was murdered by arrogant terrorists in Srinagar. On 14 September 1989, Pandit Tika Ram Taplu, a well-known social worker and lawyer, was shot dead in his house in Srinagar. The killing caused panic among the Kashmiri Pandit community. On 4 November 1989, retired judge Neelkant Ganju was shot dead near the High Court in Srinagar. Kashmiri Pandits started getting killed selectively. Even after the exodus of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley on the midnight of 19 January 1990, this series of targeted killings did not stop. After the rape of Kashmiri Pandit women, murders started taking place. On 31 March 1992, terrorists gang-raped a man in front of his wife and daughter in Srinagar and later shot dead all three. On 21-22 March 1997, terrorists dragged 7 Kashmiri Hindus from their homes in Sangrampura village of Budgam and gunned them down. On January 25, 1998, 23 Kashmiri Pandits including women, children were massacred by terrorists in Wandhama village. On 24 March 2003, 24 Kashmiri Pandits, including newborn children, were gunned down by terrorists in Nadimarg village.
Tears, pain, escape… why the same helplessness as it was 3 decades ago?
There was a mass exodus from the Kashmir Valley by Kashmiri Pandits on the midnight of 19 January 1990, but the community had before that become an eyewitness to countless terrorist incidents of targeted killings. It is a matter of fact that most of India was unaware of the painful story of Kashmiri Pandits. The reason was that most of the incidents went unreported. However, today amidst the flood of news media including social media and TV news channels and news websites, the whole country is watching the naked dance of terrorists in Kashmir with open eyes. Moaning from targeted killing.
The repeat of 90’s carnage has to be stopped
The latest round of targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir cannot be compared to the massacres and annihilations of the 90s. But it is also a fact that the dark period of the 90s did not come suddenly. Long before the fateful night of January 19, 1990, months ago, the era of selective killing of Kashmiri Pandits was going on. Just like it is going on today. The abolition of special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution in 2019 and the action of agencies against terror funding has angered the terrorists and their masters sitting in Pakistan. In this fury, they are doing targeted killing. After the abrogation of Article 370, displaced Kashmiri Pandits had hoped to return to their homes after decades, but the latest round of targeted killings has shaken them. Their demand is that the government should assure them of security and the hood of terrorism should be crushed strictly.