In their latest attack against the minority Hindu community in the valley, Muslim terrorists today barged into a government office in district Budgam in the Kashmir valley and shot dead a Kashmiri Pandit employee. Police said a revenue department official at the tehsil office in Chadoora, Rahul Bhat, was taken to a hospital where he died.
Police say that two terrorists were involved in the attack, one of whom shot Bhat point blank with a pistol.
“Terrorists fired upon one employee namely Shri Rahul Bhat from the minority community in Tehsildar office Chadoora, Budgam. He has been shifted to hospital,” Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. “The injured was immediately brought to SMHS Hospital (in) Srinagar for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
This is the year’s third attack by Muslim terrorists on a member of the minority community in the valley.
On 13 April, a terrorist had shot and killed Satish Kumar Singh, a Rajput, outside his home in Kakran village bordering Shopian and Kulgam district. Members of this community have been living in some villages of southern Kashmir for seven decades now.
On 4 April, Muslim terrorists shot and injured a Kashmiri Pandit, Bal Krishan Bhat (39), in south Kashmir’s Kulgam. Bhat was shot inside his medical shop near his residence in Shopian’s Chotigam village.
The terrorists had also carried out a number of attacks on members of the minority community and migrant workers in October last year.
While the media, by and large, blames Pakistan-sponsored terrorism for the disturbed status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pandits, who are the native Hindus of the place, say their Muslim neighbours were hand-in-glove with the terrorists in the period 1989-92 when the minority community was subjected to such persecution, genocide and rape that most survivors had to flee the valley and take refuge in Hindu-majority Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country. Some settled abroad never to return to the country that could not protect them.
Recently, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri made The Kashmir Files based on the plight of Kashmiri Hindus. Even though most distributors were initially hesitant to buy the film, the growing demand from viewers made the film eventually reach many theatre screens and it eventually became a big hit.