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Target killings: husband of slain school teacher blames J&K administration

Shattered by the killing of her wife by militants within minutes after he dropped her at her school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Raj Kumar, the husband of slain teacher Rajni Bala, blamed the administration for turning a “deaf ear” to their repeated requests to transfer her to a safer area.

Bala and Kumar were transferred to another school in a safer area only on Monday night. Tuesday was supposed to be the last day for Bala at her old school.

Bala was shot in the head on the premises of the school in Kulgam’s Gopalpora area and succumbed to her injuries at a hospital, police said.

The killing of Bala, who belonged to the Samba district but was posted at a government school in Kulgam, is the second such killing of a Hindu employee in the district and the seventh targeted killing by militants in Kashmir in May.

Kumar, who is also a government school teacher in Kulgam, brought his wife’s body to their home in Samba.”Had the administration transferred her to a safer place earlier, she might have been alive by now. I curse my destiny. Just a day after her transfer, she was killed,” Kumar told reporters.

He said they had approached the chief education officer (CEO) for their transfer to a safer place after a member of the Hindu community was killed by militants at Kakran, which is close to Bala’s place of posting.
“I had given an application to the CEO. We had told him that the school is not safe for my wife, but he did not do anything,” Kumar said.
Bala and Kumar were posted in two schools in Kulgam in 2009.

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