Rajouri attack: J&K LG Manoj Sinha promises justice to victims’ families

Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh says attempts are on to arrest the terrorists

SRINAGAR | Updated: 02 January, 2023 10:07 pm IST
Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited the bereaved family members

Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday termed the killing of four innocent civilians and two children in a firing and IED explosion at Rajouri as “very unfortunate”.

He also stated that “we will get to the bottom of the case and ensure justice to the families of the slain”.

LG Sinha visited the families of the victims, who were killed in the firing and the IED blast explosion at Rajouri, to express solidarity with the bereaved families. The IED blast took place early on Monday morning, exactly at the spot where gunmen shot dead four civilians and injured many others.

Addressing the locals of Rajouri, the LG said that the killings of innocents were “very unfortunate and painful”. “We assure you (locals) that the administration and police will go to the bottom of the case and ensure justice to the families of the slain,” the LG said.

He said that the government of India was committed to zero tolerance against terrorism. He said that ex-servicemen and VDCs would be strengthened further and the government would take some more steps for them.

Locals present at the spot urged LG Sinha to order a thorough probe to find the actual reasons for the incident.

Later, talking to reporters, the LG said that the administration will ensure the families of the slain are taken care of by all means. He said an inquiry will be ordered to find out whether there were possible security lapses. “Let me tell you that hatyaon ka hisaab barabar hoga (will avenge killings),” he said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh visited the families of slain civilians at Rajouri and stated that police and security forces are working to nab the culprits behind the innocent killings.

“The perpetrators of the crime will be punished very soon. These killings are very unfortunate and are a cowardly act on the part of those who have committed them,” the DGP said.

He said that police and security forces are working on leads to nab the culprits involved in the heinous crime of killing innocents. “Our efforts are to neutralise those involved in the act. We will catch them as soon as possible,” the DGP said.

He said that as far as security is concerned, steps have been taken and more will be taken after a thorough review.

It may be recalled that four civilians were killed in a firing incident at Rajouri on Sunday. Two children were killed in an IED explosion at the same spot this morning (Monday).

Police and locals said that the unidentified gunmen, who fired at civilians yesterday, had planted the IED at the same spot (house) where the gunmen had opened fire at the civilians. Four more people, including two women, who were injured in the IED explosion, are being treated at the GMC Rajouri.

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