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Civilian deaths: Hundreds arrested in Kashmir valley

How many civilians killed this year in Kashmir, when this will stop?

Ground Report | New Delhi: Civilian deaths in Kashmir valley; Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested hundreds of people in Kashmir valley while investigating the killing of civilians by suspected militants.

Seven civilians were shot dead in six days last week. Due to which provocation spread in Kashmir and all over India. Politicians from all political parties have condemned the killings.

A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said about 500 residents from across the area had been detained following the shootings.

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The police officer added that no effort would be spared in finding the killers.

On the other hand, New Delhi has sent a senior officer of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force to Kashmir for investigation.

Authorities say India’s National Anti-Terrorism Investigation Agency summoned 40 schoolteachers in Srinagar on Sunday and questioned them.

 So far this year, 29 civilians have been shot dead, including activists from pro-India political parties, according to officials. Among those killed were 20 Muslims.

Two of the dead in the latest incidents were teachers from the Sikh and Hindu minorities who were shot dead by gunmen at a government school in Srinagar on Thursday. (Civilian deaths in Kashmir valley)

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On Thursday, security forces shot dead a man who did not stop at a checkpoint. Three days ago, three civilians were killed in three separate incidents during the 90 minutes that followed the killings.

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A relatively new militant group, the Resistance Front, has claimed responsibility for the latest killings, alleging that those killed were working for “occupying forces and puppets”.

The militants’ English-language statements were posted in several WhatsApp groups but could not be independently verified.

The latest killings have left Kashmir’s minorities in a state of panic, with many members of the minority fleeing, according to local media.

On Saturday, Human Rights Watch demanded that the alleged attackers and Indian security forces, who have been charged with harassment, torture and extrajudicial killings, be held accountable for their actions.

Meenakshi Ganguly, director of Human Rights Watch South Asia, said in a statement that Kashmir was a victim of endless violence. They are attacked by militants and mistreated by government officials and security forces.

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