Kashmir: Migrant lady teacher shot dead by militants

A school teacher Rajni Bala was shot dead by militants in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday morning, Kashmir Zone Police said.

The 36 year old Bala, a resident of Jammu’s Samba area sustained multiple gunshot injuries and succumbed to her injuries after being taken to a local hospital.

The firing occurred outside a high school in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam, where she was posted as a teacher.

Security forces have been rushed to the area where the attack took place and a massive cordon and search operation launched, cops said.

The shooting took place less than a week after television actor Ambreen Bhat was shot dead and her 10-year-old nephew, Farhan Zubair received bullet injuries in a suspected militant attack on 25 May in Chadoora town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district.

PDP president and former CM Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack and lashed out at the government over the recent spate of civilian killings.

“Despite GOIs fake claims about Kashmir being normal its obvious that targeted civilian killings are on the rise & a deep cause of concern. Condemn this act of cowardice which sadly plays into the vicious anti muslim narrative spun by BJP (sic),” Mufti said in a tweet.

National Conference leader and former CM Omar Abdullah also expressed pain over the incident and said, “Very sad. This is yet another targeted killing in a long list of recent attacks directed at unarmed civilians. Words of condemnation & condolence ring hollow as do the assurances of the government that they will not rest till situation normalises. May the deceased rest in peace. (sic)”