Angry Sikhs protest against brutal murder of teachers in Indian Kashmir



Hundreds of Sikhs in Indian-administered Kashmir marched Friday at the funeral of a teacher from the minority group killed by suspected anti-Indian militants along with a member of the region’s Hindu community.

Supinder Kour, 46, was shot dead with colleague Deepak Chand in their school on Thursday, the third in a series of attacks claimed by the Resistance Front (TRF) rebel group this week that have left seven civilians dead.

The killings in the restive territory drew wide condemnation from residents in Kashmir and across India as well as politicians from all sides.

Angry members of the Sikh community carried Kour’s body wrapped in a white shroud along the main street in Srinagar, shouting religious slogans and demanding justice.

They were joined by a handful of Muslim residents, who form the majority in the region. Sikhs make up around two percent.

Officials say 28 civilians, including two laborers, have been killed by anti-India militants this year so far, 21 of them Muslims.

Many residents say the condemnations for civilian killings are selective and often tied to the victims’ religion.

On Thursday a resident was shot dead by security forces when his car failed to stop at a checkpoint in southern Kashmir valley, police said.