Violent protests in Kashmir Valley over murder of Kashmiri Pandit

Budgam:

The last rites of Kashmiri Pandit and government employee Rahul Bhat were performed in Jammu’s Bantalab on Friday. Rahul Bhat, an employee of the Chadoora tehsil office, was shot dead by terrorists in the Budgam area on Thursday. This was yet another attempt to create fear among the minority community living in the Kashmir Valley.

ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh, Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar and Deputy Commissioner Avani Lavasa were present at the crematorium. ADGP Mukesh Singh also met the family of the deceased. Expressed his condolences and assured him that the entire police family stands with him. Singh also said that all possible help would be provided to the family by the police.

Protests turn violent

Kashmiri Hindus protested in Budgam over the killing of Rahul Bhat and roads were blocked in Jammu’s Rupnagar and Bantlab. The protesters demanded a government job for Rahul’s wife and free education for his daughter. Rahul Bhatt’s family and friends alleged that he was targeted because of his faith and demanded justice for him.

Rahul Bhat, a clerk at the Tehsildar’s office in Budgam’s Chadoora area, was shot when he was working. The terrorists barged into the Tehsil office in Chadoora and opened fire on them. 

Kashmir Police said, “Terrorists opened fire on Rahul Bhat, an employee of the minority community at Tehsildar’s office Chadoora, Budgam. He has been shifted to the hospital. The injured was immediately brought to the SMHS hospital in Srinagar for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary investigation reveals that 2 terrorists are involved in this heinous crime and they have used pistols to commit this crime.”

Kashmiri Hindus demand security

Rahul Bhat is the third Kashmiri Pandit to be killed in the last six months. Two others were injured. Targeted killings in Kashmir began in October. Most of the victims were migrant workers who had come in search of jobs and were Kashmiri Pandits. 

In October, seven civilians were killed in five days – among them a Kashmiri Pandit, a Sikh and two migrant Hindus. Shortly after, several Kashmiri Pandit families fled their homes in Sheikhpora, the home of the minority community. Protests have been taking place in many parts of Jammu and Kashmir since last evening. Everyone is demanding security in the wake of the killing of a 36-year-old government employee belonging to the Kashmiri Pandit community.

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