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Mystery Unsolved; The Unknown Gunmen

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It is common in Kashmir that most often we see and hear the news that some unknown persons were killed by unidentified gunmen. Sometimes the victims are well-known personalities like Shujaat Bukhari, Babar Qadri, Makhan Lal Bindro, etc. about which everybody wants to talk, condemn the killing and demand justice for them. But the majority of unknown bullets have pierced the common Kashmiris who were shot dead in deep darkness and nobody was present there to shoulder them. Since 90’s only few high profile cases were discussed and defended in the media. What about those graves whose gravestones still await to mention the name of their killers.

There is a motive behind every single bullet that is fired upon innocent citizens. The reason mostly being political. It benefits someone to build a narrative and defend his cause. By doing this he can push back his enemy in multiple ways. While moving one step ahead in the propaganda warfare he put his opponent on the back foot. Many can use this to defame the Kashmiri people, their religion and culture like always the national media did in the past three decades. Some miscreants communalise the issue and further widen the gap between two distanced communities.

Makhan Lal Bindro was a familiar pharmacist, true Kashmiri and a good gentleman. Like every Kashmiri, I too have sympathy for the grieved family. But at the same time I condemn the words and the remarks made by her daughter in public. I know while expressing views about her father’s death she was a little bit emotional. Whatever, she has a right to speak up against injustice but that doesn’t mean she can hurt the sentiments of the majority community. Rather than criticizing the Kashmiri people, It was better for her not to speak up at that moment. She must know what she has suffered now the Kashmiri Muslims are suffering it every day since the 90s. Somebody tell her it is not Hindu vs Muslim in Kashmir. Such kind of incidents took place in mainland India. No communal organization is working in Kashmir to spread hate. Everybody has suffered then and now. I suggest she must check facts again, revisit books and then come up to brief the media with the right knowledge.

Let me tell those opportunists who try to give hype to Bindro’s death by criticising the Kashmiri people and their culture in general, that the worst suffers are Muslims who lost lives in thousands followed by Kashmiri Pandits and other minorities. Besides two more persons were killed on the same day. How unfortunate very little was discussed about them. Perhaps one was a Muslim Kashmiri fellow and another poor non-Kashmiri street vendor. I don’t have sympathy for Bindro’s death only I’m equally concerned about the people who met the same fate but their dead bodies were not returned to their families for last rites. Like always, the murderer has left no evidence. He did not claim his association with any group. He also didn’t leave any clue whether he is a Muslim or Hindu. He also didn’t kill Hindus but Muslims too. The two communities have suffered equally. That is why we must mourn together and don’t let spoilers exploit the situation.

The unknown bullets have created havoc in Kashmir. When such kinds of incidents took place the news spread like a wildfire and occupy the brains of people to think and talk. After few days of analysis, people conclude differently from others. No two people in a family can have the same opinion about the same incident. It is because the unidentified bullet has left no traces about the killer. Nothing has harmed Kashmir as much as these unidentified bullets. These bullets raise many questions on the composite culture of Kashmir. In a state of utter confusion, it is difficult to find the real culprits. The biggest mystery is that we are unable to identify the unidentified.

This article has been updated after few typo corrections 




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About the author

Syed Aamir Sharief Qadri

The author is post-graduated in History from the University of Kashmir and obtained an M. Phil at Punjabi University Patiala. Currently, he works as a freelance writer for different newspapers.

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