New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that Hindus and Sikhs were safe in Kashmir till the time it was ruled by a Hindu king. He was speaking at a Sikh Convention being held in Lucknow.

He said, “Till the time Kashmir was ruled by a Hindu king, Hindus and Sikhs were safe. When their Kingdom started to decline, Hindus downfall also started. What is the situation there today? Can anyone say that they are safe there? No. We should learn from our history.”

It is believed that his reaction was on the recent incidents of policemen being killed by the militants. On Sunday, Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir, an intelligence officer, was shot dead by militants at Wahibug in the militancy-infested Pulwama district of South Kashmir. He was reportedly abducted by terrorists from his vehicle when he was on his way home.

The private vehicle driven by the sub-inspector was halted in Wahibugh area where he was shot dead. The police, meanwhile, had said that a hunt has been launched to trace the killers.

Mir had been warned against venturing into his village as there was a possibility of an attack by militant groups, who have been targeting policemen in the state recently.

Militants have been targeting policemen in the state and killed two special police officers and a constable last month, triggering unrest in the lower ranks of the force with some SPOs declaring their resignation on social media.

In June, Aurangzeb was brutally killed by terrorists in Pulwama while on his way back to home for Eid. Aurangzeb’s bullet-riddled body was found at Gussu village, about 10 km from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. His killing triggered widespread outrage in Kashmir.

The conference will be dedicated to Guru Nanak Devji’s 550th Festival of lights.