Jammu & Kashmir

Former JK CMs, other politicians condemn Kashmiri Pandit man’s killing

Kashmiri pandit protestors block road in Anantnag's Mattan area to protest against the Bhat's killing. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: Former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir and other politicians on Thursday condemned the killing of an employee at Tehsil office Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

National Conference (NC) President and Member of Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah, said, “I unequivocally condemn the dastardly attack on Rahul Bhatt. The sole purpose of such dastardly and heinous acts is to vitiate the atmosphere of Kashmir. I condemn the killing in the strongest possible terms. My heartfelt condolences to Rahul’s family,” he said, as per a statement.

National Conference (NC) Vice President and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah said that targeted killings continue and a sense of fear grows unchecked.

“I unequivocally condemn the murderous militant attack on Rahul Bhatt. Rahul was a government employee working in the Tehsil office in Chadoora where he was attacked. Targeted killings continue & a sense of fear grows unchecked. My heartfelt condolences to Rahul’s family. RIP,” Omar tweeted.

“This young man had his entire life ahead of him & to know that his life was so cruelly extinguished today is tragic. Rest in peace Rahul Bhatt,” Omar said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti said that the killing belies the false claims of normalcy in Kashmir.

“Condemn the gruesome act where in a kashmiri Pandit boy Rahul Bhat was murdered in chadoora. Another life ended and another family devastated. My heart goes out to the bereaved family in this hour of grief. It also belies the false claims of normalcy in kashmir,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) condemned the killing of a Revenue employee, terming the act as ‘heinous and mindless’.

JKPCC has strongly condemned the killing of Revenue Employee Rahul Bhat in Tehsil Office Chadoora by unidentified gunmen, terming the incident ghastly, highly condemnable and mindless act.

The perpetrators of the heinous crime must know that they cannot achieve anything by killing innocent people to satisfy their masters. Killings in any form are unacceptable, shameful and deserve strong condemnation from every section of people, JKPCC added.

JKPCC President Ghulam Ahmad Mir and various other party leaders have expressed deep shock over the killing of Rahul Bhat by unidentified gunmen and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

They said the situation has worsened to the largest extent in Kashmir while slamming the Govt for failing to ensure safety of people especially members of the minority community. The leaders emphasized that the Govt must take effective measures to end the bloodshed.

JKPCC expressed solidarity with the family of slain Rahul Bhat and prayed for their courage to bear the irreparable loss.

CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami condemned the killing and termed the incident unfortunate,tragic and said such barbaric incidents have no place in a civilized society.

“Such brutal killings are harmful to the society and can’t be justified under any circumstances,” he added.

While expressing condolence to the bereaved family, he demanded an immediate end to the killings.

Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone also posted the condemnation killing.

“Strongly condemn the killing of Rahul. It is difficult to read the minds of these psychopaths who indulge in such killings. Yet another family is added to the list of victims of violence. May the departed soul rest in peace,” Lone tweeted.

Former Cabinet Minister and Apni Party Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir expressed dismay over the killing.

“Killing of Rahul a Kashmiri Pandit employee at Chadoora is a most detestable act . I strongly condemn it. My whole hearted support and sympathies with the bereaved. RIP,” Mir wrote on Twitter.

In a statement to the press, Mir said that the incident aimed at disturbing the communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir and till date conflict has claimed so many lives all across the region and this cycle of violence needs to stop at its earliest.

“I unequivocally condemn this attack while at the same time send my heartfelt sympathies to the family members of the deceased. I hope that the perpetrators of the crime are punished at the earliest,” he said.


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