Kashmiri Pandit govt employee shot dead in his office in J-K's Budgam; killing widely condemned
JK Govt stands in solidarity with the bereaved family in this hour of grief, Sinha tweeted.The Peoples Democratic Party PDP tweeted, We unequivocally condemn the killing of Rahul Bhat ji, who was working as an employee in revenue dept Budgam.
A government employee belonging to the Kashmir Pandit community was killed by militants inside his office in Chadoora of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, drawing strong condemnation from political parties.
''The injured was immediately brought to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary investigation reveals that 2 terrorists are involved in this heinous crime & have used pistol for committing this crime,” the Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.
A hunt has been launched to track down the assailants.
A little-know outfit, Kashmir Tigers, has claimed responsibility for Bhat's killing.
Those targeted by the extremists included prominent businessmen, sarpanchs and block development council members in various parts of Kashmir.
''I strongly condemn the barbaric killing of Rahul Bhat by terrorists at Budgam. Those behind this despicable terror attack will not go unpunished. J&K Govt stands in solidarity with the bereaved family in this hour of grief,” Sinha tweeted.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tweeted, ''We unequivocally condemn the killing of Rahul Bhat ji, who was working as an employee in revenue dept Budgam. Despite deployment of security forces in every nook & corner of the valley, even govt offices aren't safe. Our thoughts, prayers are with the family in this hour of grief.'' National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said, ''I unequivocally condemn the murderous militant attack on Rahul Bhat. 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.'' ''This young man had his entire life ahead of him & to know that his life was so cruelly extinguished today is tragic,'' he said.
BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur strongly denounced the “cowardly act by terrorists”.
“The attackers must be brought to justice,” he added.
The Congress, while condemning the killing, said the perpetrators of such heinous crimes should know that they cannot achieve anything by such inhuman acts.
The Peoples Conference led by Sajad Lone also condemned the killing and extended sympathies and unwavering support to the family of the victim.
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