Jammu & Kashmir

LG orders inquiry into use of ‘force’ on protesting KPs in Budgam

Over Rahul Bhat's killing, Kashmiri Pandits protest amid tear gas shelling and lathi-charge in Budgam district on May 13, 2022.

Assures strict action against men in uniform ‘involved’

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the alleged use of force on protesting Kashmiri Pandits at Sheikhpora area of Budgam district earlier this week.

Talking to reporters , Sinha said “stern action” would be taken against the officials found involved.

A couple of days back, Police resorted to a “mild” lathi-charge and used a few teargas shells against protesting Kashmiri Pandits when they were marching from Sheikhpora Budgam towards Srinagar International Airport and as per the men in uniform same was used for their “safety”.

Sinha said that his administration has ordered a probe into the incident with a clear message that anyone found involved will not be spared and action under law shall be initiated against him.

He also expressed his full solidarity with the bereaved family of Rahul Bhat, the Kashmiri Pandit employee who was killed inside the tehsil office Chandoora Budgam earlier this week, saying all the measures including those under the Prime Minister’s Package are being undertaken to ensure the safety of minority community in the region.

He said that Bhat’s killing was a targeted one and that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been already constituted to probe all aspects of the killing along with the use of ‘force’ on the protesting KP community members.

He claimed that two foreign militants involved in the killing have been killed. He said directions for not to use any force anywhere have been passed to officials.

The administration has already announced a government job to Bhat’s wife in Jammu and financial assistance to the family. The SHO of the concerned police station has also been attached.


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