Sikhs protest in Srinagar
against killing of two
teachers by militants

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Forum on Friday staged a protest in Srinagar in Jammu over the killings of two teachers by militants in Srinagar, on Thursday. The protests took place after the mortal remains of Supinder Kaur, killed in targeted killing by terrorists in Srinagar, were taken for last rites. Slogans against “The Resistance Front” (TRF) and “We want justice” were raised during the funeral procession in Srinagar.

Members of the Sikh community on Friday took part in the funeral procession of Supinder Kaur, who was shot dead by militants inside a Srinagar school. These two government teachers Supinder Kour, 46, was shot dead with colleague Deepak Chand in their school on Thursday, the third in a series of attacks claimed by the Resistance Front (TRF) rebel group this week that have left seven civilians dead. 

SRINAGAR: Members of Sikh community protesting in Srinagar against killing of two teachers.

A local who participated in the funeral procession said, “We don’t know whether it is the end of the militant or the beginning of a more gruesome indecent. The government must look into the matter and work on the safety of the people living here. “Those who did it are not humans”, he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Kashmiri Pandits staged a demonstration against the killing of civilians in Kashmir and demanded security for the minorities, in the Muthi area of Jammu. Reacting to the killing, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh also said that the civilians are being targeted to create communal tension in the Union Territory (UT).

SRINAGAR: Wife of school teacher Deepak Chand breaks down near his mortal remains before taking him for the last rites, in Jammu on Friday. He was allegedly killed by militants inside the school on the outskirts of Srinagar. (ANI Photo)

Earlier, on Wednesday, a street hawker was shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar. The incident took place near Madina Chowk, Lalbazar where terrorists fired upon the victim Virender Paswan. (ANI)

Meanwhile, according to ‘Times Now’ report, the members of the Sikh community took out a funeral procession for Supinder Kaur, the Sikh woman principal of the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Eidgah in downtown Srinagar, on Friday.

Those taking part in the funeral procession raised anti-Pakistan slogans and said they “want justice”. Times Now reported that the protestors marched with the body of the principal on Srinagar’s streets and also crossed the Secretariat, where they briefly halted and raised slogans demanding justice.

SRINAGAR: People carry the mortal remains of school teacher Deepak Chand for the last rites, in Jammu on Friday. He was allegedly killed by militants inside the school on the outskirts of Srinagar. (ANI Photo)

The funeral is also being held today for Deepak Chand, a Hindu teacher who along with Kaur was separated by terrorists from a group of teachers that included Muslims. The terrorists dragged the two teachers to the school compound from a meeting room and shot them dead.

The death of the two teachers took the number of civilians killed by terrorists in the Kashmir Valley in less than a week to seven. Of these, four belonged to the minority communities and six of these killings happened in the capital Srinagar.

The Resistance Force, a shadow outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, reportedly claimed responsibility for the killings of Supinder Kaur, a Sikh from Srinagar, and Deepak Chand, a Hindu from Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said the terrorists had carried out the targeted killing of civilians, especially minorities, to create an atmosphere of fear in Kashmir. “Darindigi, vaishat aur daishat ka mel (This is about barbarism and terror),” Singh told reporters.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Kaur was a caring human being who used to spend a large part of her salary on needy Muslims. Local media reports quoted the 46-year-old woman principal’s neighbours as saying that she was also raising a Muslim orphan girl.

Kour (46), who headed the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Eidgah, Srinagar was shot dead inside the school campus along with another teacher Deepak Chand.  

According to her Muslim neighbour Showkat Ahmad Dar, the Sikh teacher used to spend nearly half of her salary among the needy Muslims.

Rising Kashmir quoted Dar as saying that Kaur had come to know about the Muslim orphan girl through him.

“I suggested to Kour to take the child’s responsibility the way she can handle it. To my surprise, she told me that she will be donating a major chunk of Rs 20,000 from her salary to help the orphan girl. Initially, I refused to accept the offer and asked her to accommodate the child at some place. But instead, Kour till date bore the expenses of the child,” Dar recollected.

As per reports, Kour, a resident of Alochibagh, is survived by her 11-year-old daughter Jasleen Kour and six-year-old son Jasjit Singh.