Over the past week, some mosques in the Valley have begun to send messages of solidarity and unity with the minority community in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) following “targeted attacks” that have so far killed four people. The Kashmir Indians Residents of the valley welcomed the move and hoped that more mosques would follow.
“The role of these mosque committees in the last few days is commendable,” said Sanjay Tickoo, president of the Kashmir Pandit Sangarsh Summit. “Messages of reassurance from mosques, a new understanding and community ties have raised hopes,” he said.
“Once again, I humbly ask all mosque committees in the Kashmir Valley to take some time after Friday prayers to emphasize the value of Kashmir society and its importance to the social and spiritual security of the minorities living here,” Tickoo said.
Last Friday, two mosques in Srinagar Old City began to ask worshipers to be with members of the minority community and ensure their support. Since then, other mosques have sent similar messages.
On October 5, a prominent Kashmiri businessman, ML Bindrooand Virendar Paswan, a street vendor in Bihar, was killed in separate attacks. Two days later, Supinder Kour, a Sikh principal at a government high school, and his colleague, Cammu resident Deepak Chand, were killed at their schools in Srinagar.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Resistance Front (TRF), an armed group, claimed responsibility for the killings.