Three civilians were killed in three separate terrorist attacks in an hour in Srinagar and Bandipora. At least five such attacks have taken place in Srinagar alone in the last four days. Among those killed in the attacks were Srinagar’s best known chemist Makhan Lal Bindru, roadside vendors Virender Paswan and a taxi stand union. Chairman Mohammad Shafi. Bindru, 70, was a Kashmiri Pandit and an old resident of Srinagar. It is said about him that he did not leave Kashmir even when terrorism was at its peak and terrorists were specifically targeting Kashmiri Pandits. His shop ‘Bindru Mediket’ was considered the last hope of those engaged in the search for medicines that were not easily available.
In the second attack, half an hour later, terrorists targeted Virender Paswan, a resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar, who used to sell street vendors in the area. The third attack took place in Bandipora, about 70 km from Srinagar, in which Mohammad Shafi, president of the local taxi stand union, was killed. Police have confirmed all three attacks but have not said who is behind them. It is being claimed in the media reports that an organization named The Resistance Front (TRF) has claimed responsibility for these attacks. TRF includes terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Its leader was killed by the security forces this year, but it seems that even after that the activities of the organization have not stopped. Several leaders, including former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, condemned the attacks. This is the sixth attack in Kashmir in four days. On October 2 also, terrorists killed two Kashmiri civilians Majeed Ahmed Gojri and Mohammad Shafi Dar in an attack. It is being considered as a new wave of terrorism in Kashmir in which most of the civilians are being attacked. According to an estimate, so far this year at least 30 people have been killed in such attacks in which people were targeted and killed. Some people have written on social media that these attacks have brought back memories of 90s terror in Kashmir. It remains to be seen what steps the administration takes to deal with this situation. Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has said that those responsible for these attacks will be brought before the law.