NIA to probe civilian killings

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 19: The NIA will take over the probe into the killings of Makhan Lal Bindroo, who ran a popular pharmacy in Srinagar, street vendor Virendra Paswan, Supinder Kaur, a Sikh teacher, and her colleague, Deepak Chand, as well as labourers Raja Reshi and Joginder Reshi.
The NIA has got some clues about people coordinating these attacks and more raids will be carried out, people aware of the developments said.
The NIA will take over the probe for now into six of the 11 targeted killings of civilians in Kashmir this month with The Resistance Front (TRF) and other Pakistan-based outfits emerging as the perpetrators.
The NIA is already probing a larger conspiracy in the killings and has arrested nine persons and raided over two dozen places linked with TRF. Its investigations have found the killings are part of a well-hatched conspiracy from across the border to create an atmosphere of fear in the Valley and derail the Government’s efforts to increase industrial activities there, an official said on the condition of anonymity.