Puran Krishan Bhat: The Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir experienced yet another targeted killing on Saturday when Puran Krishan Bhat was allegedly shot by terrorists.
The Kashmir Freedom Fighters (KFF) group, a proxy for a terrorist group, have claimed responsibility for the attack, said Deputy Inspector General Sujit Kumar.
In the south Kashmir district, Bhat was attacked near his residence in the Chowdhary Gund area. According to police, he was rushed to Shopian hospital and declared dead by doctors.
The Jammu-Akhnoor road was blocked by displaced Kashmiri Pandit employees protesting the latest killing of their community members.
Kashmiri Pandits were killed in Shopian:
There has been a cordoning off of the area, and a hunt has been launched to find the assailants.
According to the DIG, one terrorist opened fire on Bhat during the initial investigation. This cluster was secured, he said. According to him, he had just returned from a scooter ride and was looking for the reason for the lapse.
The last rites for Bhat will be performed in Jammu, according to Shopian deputy commissioner Sachin Kumar Vaishya.
The killing was condemned by Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha and other political leaders. In a tweet, Sinha said, “The attack on Puran Krishan Bhat by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. I extend my condolences to the bereaved family.
A reprehensible attack was described by National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah. My heartfelt condolences go out to Pooran Krishan Bhat’s family. May Pooran Ji’s soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.
> The PDP said while the Kashmiri Pandits have been protesting for the last five months demanding their relocation after Rahul Bhat was shot dead in May, the “LG administration in their hubris kept turning a blind eye to their plight”.
It was a barbaric death, and Ashok Koul offered his condolences to the family of the victim.
The protesters blocked the highway, raising high-pitched slogans to denounce the terrorists’ killing of Kashmiri Pandits after news of the killing broke out.
In response to frequent terrorist attacks in the Valley, activists from the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal also burned an effigy of Pakistan.
Since October last year, there have been a spate of targeted killings in the Valley. A number of Hindus have been killed, including migrant workers.
There has been long-standing concern about Kashmiri Pandits’ future. As terrorism peaked in the 1990s, most of the 200,000 refugees fled Kashmir. The government resettled some 4,000 refugees after 2010 with jobs and housing.
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