Killing of Kashmiri Pandit condemned widely, protest staged

Civil society protesting against Kashmiri Pandit killing in Anantnag (L) Kashmiri Pandits paying tribute to Pooran Krishan at Srinagar (R). -Excelsior/Sajjad Dar/Shakeel
Civil society protesting against Kashmiri Pandit killing in Anantnag (L) Kashmiri Pandits paying tribute to Pooran Krishan at Srinagar (R). -Excelsior/Sajjad Dar/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Oct 16: The target killing of a Kashmir Pandit namely Puran Krishan Bhat at Shopian was widely condemned by the political and social organisations and staged protest demonstrations across Jammu and Kashmir, today.
Exposing the failure of the Government and BJP in ensuring a safe and secure atmosphere amid rise in targeted killings of innocent Kashmir Pandits, AAP held a protest demonstration at Press Club Jammu. The AAP leaders alleged that during the protest the police resorted to lathi charge over the protestors which clearly indicated high handedness of Government setup.
AAP leader Maharaj Krishan Yogi while addressing this protest demonstration said that Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a serious security situation in which innocent civilians are becoming soft targets and Kashmiri Pandit community is the worst sufferer.
DDC member and AAP leader TS Tony on the other hand said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his recent visit in Jammu and Kashmir gave some figures to stake claim for normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home Minister compared the numbers of killings during BJP rule with the number of killings in rule of other Governments and this number game clearly shows that target killings is being seen as a number by the Government.
Condemning the killing of Kashmiri Pandit Purna Krishna Bhat by terrorists in Shopian, Congress Seva Dal president Vijay Sharma Babbi said that Government only focused on telling lies to normalize the situation in Kashmir but the ground is different from the tall claims of the Government.
Kashmiri Pandit United Front (KPUF) conducted an emergency meeting and strongly condemned the brutal targeted killing of community member, Puran Krishan Bhat who was attacked near his residence in the Chowdhary Gund area in Shopian district of South Kashmir on Saturday.
In last three years, half a dozen innocent Kashmiri Pandits have lost their lives and the inability of the J&K administration and the Central Government to guarantee the protection and security of the Pandits in the valley proved as an absolute failure on their parts, said convenor of KPUF, Satish Kumar Kissu.
Shiv Sena, led by Manish Sahni (president) staged a protest demonstration and condemned the target killing of a Pandit in Shopian and alleged that the proxy Government of the Centre in Jammu and Kashmir has miserably failed in restoring peace and security of Hindus and minorities in the Union Territory.
A protest was also staged by the Mission Statehood J&K, led by Sunil Dimple (president) over the target killing of a Kashmiri Pandit and burnt the Pak flags at Janipur High Court road today. Sunil Dimple appealed the Prime Minister, Narender Modi and Home Minister, Amit Shah to pay compensation of one crore, a petrol pump and LPG gas agency as well as Govt job to the family.
Dogra Front and Shiv Sena J&K also condemned the killing of Puran Krishan Bhat by the terrorists and urged the Government to take stern action against them who were involved in the gruesome act by holding the protest under the leadership of president, Ashok Gupta.
Kashmir Collective Guftgoo- a non political civil society group comprising of Muslims and non migrant Kashmiri Pandits condemned the gruesome murder of Kashmiri Pandit outside his home and demanded that the perpetrators of this dastardly act be brought to justice.
Candlelight marches were held at several places in Kashmir valley in protest against the killing of Kashmiri Pandit Puran Krishan Bhat by terrorists in Shopian district a day ago. The marches were taken out in Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora, Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Shopian districts. People from all walks of life participated in these marches in large numbers.
The marchers condemned the killing and expressed solidarity with Bhat’s family. Various civil society groups of Srinagar also lodged a protest at the historic Lal Chowk here against the killing.