Nearly 500 detained over civilian killings in Kashmir by security forces

Security forces on Sunday detained around 500 people in Jammu and Kashmir following the killings of civilians by terrorists. Seven civilians belonging to the Kashmiri Pandit, Sikh and Muslim communities have been killed in the Valley in the past few days. Refusing to be named, a senior police official told AFP news agency that the detainees were suspected to have links to terrorist groups.

Another NDTV report on the matter said that many of the detained people are suspected to have links with the banned Jamaat-e-Islami group or are on the list of Suspected Overground Workers (OGWs) which are located in South India. They come from Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam and other areas of Kashmir.

An official said that no stone would be left unturned to trace the killers. The investigation is headed by a top counter-terrorism intelligence officer sent from Delhi. At the same time, officials said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today called 40 school teachers from Srinagar city for questioning. Opposition leaders have also become attackers after several incidents in the valley one after the other. The opposition party has blamed the administration for stopping the attacks in the Valley.

A total of 29 civilians have been shot dead in Kashmir so far this year, AFP quoted officials as saying. The recent deaths were also two teachers from minority Sikh and Hindu communities, who were shot dead by gunmen at a government school in Srinagar on Thursday.

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