Slain Principal, Teacher Given a Tearful Adieu

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Jammu/Srinagar- A woman principal and a teacher who were shot dead inside their school in Srinagar were given a tearful adieu on Friday as protests erupted in many parts of Jammu and Kashmir over the recent spate of killing of civilians while Opposition leaders alleged that the "worsening" situation in the union territory was due to the Centre's "wrong measures".

The last rites of Supinder Kaur -- the slain principal of the government school in Sangam-Eidgah were performed by the family and relatives at a cremation ground in Karan Nagar area in Srinagar. Hundreds of members of the Sikh community assembled at the residence of Kaur in Aloochi Bagh area and took out a protest march from there, carrying her mortal remains on a stretcher.

The protesting members of the community -- both old and young alike -- covered the distance from Aloochi Bagh to Jehangir Chowk on foot, shouting slogans demanding justice for the victim shot dead by militants at the school along with her colleague Deepak Chand.

Chand was cremated at the Shaktinagar cremation ground in Jammu. A pall of gloom had descended as Chand's mortal remains arrived from Srinagar at his Patoli home around midnight with hundreds of people waiting outside.

Kaur and Chand were shot dead at point blank range, taking to seven the number of civilians killed by militants in Kashmir Valley in five days. On Tuesday, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit pharmacy trader Makhan Lal Bindroo and a street vendor Virendra Paswan from Bihar were killed in Srinagar and civilian Mohammad Shafi Lone in Bandipora. Militants shot dead Majid Ahmad Gojri in Srinagar and Mohammad Shafi Dar at Batamaloo on Saturday. According to DG Police Dilbagh Singh militant group TRF was behind the killings. TRF, according to national media reports, have accused all the slain of acting against the 'Kashmiri struggle'.

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