Who is to be blamed for the continuing tension in Kashmir? This June, agitated people repeatedly took to streets protesting against innocent Kashmiris falling victims to police and army firing. Of the six people killed this year in police action, three died within 10 days this June. There is an uncanny similarity in the ease with which young Muslims have been targeted by police in Kashmir as they have been in other parts of the country. Yet, while Batla House has been witness to one "fake encounter" in recent years (19 September, 2008), Kashmiri civilians continue falling victims. Why? The question would not have been raised if the Kashmiri Muslims were killed while planning and/or conducting some terrorist operation, were linked with militant organizations or were proven guilty of some major crime. The tragedy is that Kashmiri civilians, playing their part in carving out their role as responsible citizens have been hit. Yes, the dead include a schoolboy, one university student, teenagers and other youth - neither suspected from any quarters of having any link with either external or internal militants. They were not at fault. But this does not answer the question: who was at fault? Who is to be blamed for their death?
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