Major crackdown in Kashmir against TRF, 400 detained

NIA summons 40 teachers in target killing case

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, Oct 9: As the security agencies in Kashmir are clueless about militants who carried out recent target killings in Kashmir including two teachers, security forces have launched a major crackdown and detained over 400 people for separatist links.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has in the meantime summoned 40 teachers in the target killing case which they are taking over from police.
An official said that security agencies in Kashmir are clueless about The Resistance Front (TRF) militants who carried out a series of target killings including some Kashmiri Pandits and a Sikh teacher.
The TRF has claimed responsibility for these target killings and said that they are not targeting people on the basis of religion but for working with the authorities in Kashmir.
The official said that as there is lot of pressure from the Centre to act, security forces have launched a major crackdown across Kashmir and have detained and arrested over 400 people. Those detained and arrested in the crackdown include members of Jamat-e-Islami, activists of Tehreeq-e-Hurriyat and those who had militancy links in the past.
“The crackdown will continue as top official of RAW, IB and Counter-Insurgency experts have reached Kashmir to assist the security agencies here”, he said.
“We are clueless about these new recruits in Kashmir. Who are they? Where are they? We have no knowledge. However, they might be few dozen and are operating in small groups independently. It is a major challenge for us”, he said.
In the meantime, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is formally taking the investigation of target killings, have summoned 40 Government teachers in Srinagar.
They are one each from Boys Middle School (BMS) Khoja Bagh, Middle School (MS) Khimber, BMS Peth Batpora, BMS Fisherman Colony, Boys Primary School (BPS) Shoor, BMS Handom Mohalla, MS Gnaia Mohalla Gulab Bagh, MPs Gasoo, BMS Doji Mohalla, Girls Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Shalimar, BHS Baghe Dedmari, BHS Zoonimar, GMS Nadiyar, Primary School (PS) Gandabal, PS Herpora Soiteng, BMS Soiteng, GMS Basant Bagh, BMS Athwajan and BMS Rajbagh; two each from BMS Dara Faqir Gujri, BMS Burzahama and 3 from Boys Higher Secondary School (BHSS) Nawa Kadal, GHSS Nawa Kadal, BHSS Sangam, BHS Bakhshipora, BHS Takunwaripora and Boys Higher Secondary School (BHSS) Palpora.
These teachers have been asked to liaise with DySP NIA Prabhat Bajpai. They were directed to report at the NIA Camp Office in Church Lane Srinagar today at 4 pm as they are required by the agency on 10th and 11th October in connection with investigation of NIA case.
Meantime, security forces have also established check points across Kashmir especially in Srinagar and have taken extra security measures to prevent further target killings.