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2 teachers, including principal shot dead in Srinagar
10/8/2021 1:16:01 AM

S Tahir-ul Haq

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Oct 7: Two teachers including the Principal among five civilians shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kashmir valley in the past three days have created a reign of terror among the general public.
Sources said that, gunshots were heard at around 11:15 am onwards in Iddgah area of Srinagar after which there was a panic in the area, however it was not immediately known what happened, but later people rushed towards the school, where from it was learnt that unknown gunmen had entered into the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Iddgah Sangam, and fired from a point-blank range at two teachers.
Both the teachers were immediately moved to the hospital but they were declared brought dead by the doctors at hospital, people are scared, it seems that bullets and blood have created a reign of terror in Kashmir, said sources.
A top police official identified the victims as Sapinder Kaur, principal and Deepak Chand, a teacher, of Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Sangam. Both were residents of Alochibagh area of Srinagar city.
Sources said that Deepak Chand, a Kashmiri Pandit had shifted back from Jammu after his family migrated in the 1990s, when militancy broke out in the valley.
It was morning time and the staff members were sipping tea when they heard gunshots outside the principal's room around 11:15 a.m, said sources while quoting a local teacher of the school where this shameful incident happened.
According to the staff members, we saw our colleague Chand falling to the ground outside the principal's room, and we failed to understand what actually happened, however in no time the school principal was also found dead, we immediately moved them to the hospital where both were declared dead on arrival.
Soon after the incident, police and other top brass of security forces visited the spot, and the whole area was cordoned off to nab the attackers.
However police in a statement said that today at about 1130hrs Srinagar Police received information about a terror crime incident at Sangam area of Eidgah Srinagar where terrorists had fired upon staff members of a Govt School.
DGP, IGP Kashmir, IG CRPF and other senior officers of Police/CAPF reached at the terror crime spot.
Preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists had fired upon the Principal & a teacher of the Govt Boys Higher Secondary School Sangam. They have been identified as Supinder Kour (Principal) resident of Rengipora Beerwah and Deepak Chand (Teacher) resident of Jammu.
In this terror incident, both had received grievous gunshot injuries and were immediately evacuated to nearby hospital. However, both of them have succumbed to their injuries.
Police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law, and investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime, said police statement.
Meanwhile there is wide condemnation from all cross sections of society including political leaders over the target killings that took place from past few days in the Kashmir valley.
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha condemned the killings. “A befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous terror attacks on innocent people.
However, according to media reports, the Resistance Front had claimed responsibility for the killings of Bindroo and Lone too. The organization accused both of them of helping the central government and said that it had warned them not to do so in the past.
It is pertinent to mention here that the attack took place two days after a Kashmiri Pandit pharmacist, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a street vendor, Virender Paswan, and a Bandipora resident, Mohammad Shafi Lone, were shot dead by unknown gunmen in separate incidents in the union territory.
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