A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead by terrorists in an apple orchard in Shopian district today. Police said that his brother was injured in the firing.
This comes nearly three months after the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit at a government office in Budgam, which was followed by widespread protests by the community.
Kashmir Police tweeted, “Terrorists opened fire on civilians in an apple orchard in Chotipora area of Shopian. One person killed and one injured. Both belong to minority community. Injured man admitted to hospital from its official handle.
The victim of the terror attack has been identified as Sunil Kumar. His brother Pintu Kumar was injured in the incident.
Kashmir has been witnessing a series of targeted killings since October last year. Many of the victims were migrant workers or Kashmiri Pandits.
2 Kashmiri Pandits Shot By Terrorists
In October, seven civilians were killed in five days – among them a Kashmiri Pandit, a Sikh and two migrant Hindus.
Shortly after, many Kashmiri Pandit families fled their homes in the Valley.
In May, terrorists broke into the tehsildar’s office in Budgam and shot dead 36-year-old Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit who had got a government job as part of a package for a community hit by a wave of militancy was forced to flee the valley. 1990s.
The killing sparked a wave of protest from the minority community. Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated, during which they raised slogans under the central government and questioned whether they brought them back to the valley to kill them.
The attack was strongly condemned by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and political parties.
“Pain beyond words on the despicable terror attack on civilians in Shopian. My condolences to the family of Sunil Kumar. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured. This attack deserves strong condemnation from all. The terrorists responsible for the barbaric acts will not be spared,” tweeted Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
BJP spokesperson Kashmir Altaf Thakur also condemned the killing of members of the minority community by terrorists.
“Terror has no religion. The killers should be punished,” he said.
“Another dastardly attack by cowardly terrorists in Shopian. We strongly condemn this heinous act of violence. My condolences to the family,” tweeted Sajjad Gani Lone, president of the People’s Conference and former minister.
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Vice President of National Conference also condemned the killing of Pandit by terrorists.