JAMMU/SRINAGAR, May 14: Congress, PDP, Aam Aadmi Party and others today held a protests demonstration in Jammu and Srinagar against the selective killing of Rahul Bhat and other targeted killings in Kashmir for the past quite some time and criticized the Government for its failure to check such killings of innocents.
A strong protest demonstration was held at Shahidi Chowk, Jammu condemning Pakistan and terrorism and denouncing Centre Government for its failure to stop targeted killings of innocents, especially Kashmiri Pandits and other minorities and outsiders in Kashmir day in and day out.
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The protestors raised strong slogans against Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism and criticized BJP led NDA Govt. for failure to check rising incidents of targeted killings of innocents in Kashmir, especially Kashmiri migrants and others, during the past more than one year which is not only continuing but rising day in and day out and now Rahul Bhat killed inside tehsil office.
The protestors were joined by Kashmiri migrants too, who criticized the hollow slogans of BJP led Central Govt in ensuring the protection of Kashmiri migrants and other minorities in Kashmir.
The peaceful protest demonstration led by PCC working president, Raman Bhalla, general secretary and DCC Jammu Urban president Yogesh Sawhney, chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma, general secretary Manmohan Singh, Ex-MLC Ved Mahajan, Gajan Singh and other senior PCC and DCC leaders. They were stopped from marching ahead towards the Raghunath Bazar-Purani Mandi to Raj Bhawan. A strong contingent of police stopped the protestors.
Addressing media persons Bhalla strongly condemned the barbaric killing of Rahul Bhat a migrant employee and questioned how inside the high security tehsil complex in Chadoora, a selective killing has taken place under the nose of the Govt and said the Centre Govt has totally failed to protect the minorities in Kashmir and other innocents, as the targeted killings have started in past over one and half years, which are increasing day by day.
Similar protest was held at Srinagar by District Congress Committee activists at Srinagar today. DCC president Srinagar Abdul Gani Khan and DCC working president Mir Ruvais were leading the peaceful protest. Various party leaders, heads of frontier wings of Congress were part of protest and expressed their solidarity with the families of those laid down their lives. The participants expressed their grave concern over the deteriorating security situation in Kashmir valley. They also had peaceful march on MA Road in solidarity with innocent civilians and policemen martyred in Kashmir.
PDP activists also held protest demonstration against innocent killing of a minority employee Rahul Bhat in Kashmir and demanded security cover for them. A large number of PDP leaders and activists assembled outside party office Gandhinagar in Jammu today and held protest against the innocent killings in Kashmir. They alleged that Govt of India has failed to protest the minorities in Kashmir.
Aam Aadmi Party staged protest outside the Press Club against the brutal killing of Kashmiri Pandit Government employee Rahul Bhatt by terrorists and the brutal lathi-charge on the people of the Kashmiri Pandit community who were protesting.
Senior party leaders and workers took part in this demonstration organized by the party’s Jammu Poonch Lok Sabha constituency president Amit Kapoor. Talking to the media, Kapoor said that the government is making tall claims of resettling Kashmiri Pandits in the valley, but on the other hand no arrangements are being made for their security.
Recently, terrorists entered the Tehsil office and killed Kashmiri Pandit, Rahul Bhat. This is not the first case where terrorists have targeted people belonging to the minority community. At the time when the government should take steps to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits, terrorists are killing Kashmiri Pandits there. This is a complete failure of the government. This incident has proved that Kashmiri Pandits and minority community people are not safe in Kashmir and the government has no concrete strategy to provide them security.
Prominent among those leading included YP Kundal (ex-minister), Harpreet Singh, Paramveer Singh, Rajni Jamwal, Mohinder Pal Singh, Virji Kachroo, Vipin Nichal and others.
BJP Kashmir displaced district today organised a protest demonstration at Kachi Chawni Jammu, under the leadership of Chand Ji Bhat in presence of district office bearers, Mandal presidents and other prominent citizens of displaced community.
Slogans were raised against Pakistan and its effigy was burnt. The activists strongly condemned the brutal action of terrorists who killed Rahul Bhat a Government employee working in the office of Tehsildar Chadura and appealed to the LG administration to take stern action against the culprits and requested him to put them behind the bars.
KP community members also held protest in ward No. 56 Gangyal and disrupted traffic on the highway for some time while lodging their protest against the killing of KP employee in Kashmir. Former JMC chairman Satish Sharma and social activist Vinod Bhawani were leading.
Meanwhile, Panun Kashmir has said that the gruesome killing of Rahul Bhat in his office at Chadoora, Budgam in Kashmir is one more genocidal killing and it brings to the fore that genocidal attack against Hindus of Kashmir is continuing unabated.
“It also exposes the grim reality that denial of genocide of Hindus of Kashmir by Government is also continuing with impunity. Hindus of Kashmir are caught up in a pincer attack of two destructive processes-one the genocide unleashed by the militarised Islamic fundamentalist establishment with its wide support in the society and political class and collaboration of Pakistan and second, the denial of genocide of Hindus, spear headed by GoI pursuing a strategy of fudging and hiding this genocide in its endeavour to hide the vicious communal and fascist nature of Muslim fundamentalism”, the PK leaders said.
Panun Kashmir leaders urged Govt of India to immediately take out all the Hindu employees to Jammu without delay before any other more gruesome terrorist act happens against them.
Shivsena, J&K unit has warned the Govt not to make the Kashmiri Hindus scapegoats by deploying their youth in Kashmir valley where terrorism is yet to die down completely and target killings continue unabated. This was expressed by Sena leaders led by state chief Munish Sawhney, during their visit to the residence of Rahul Bhat, a KP Govt employee killed by terrorists in Kashmir.