Militants Thursday barged into a government office in central Kashmir’s Budgam district and fatally shot a Kashmiri Pandit employee — the latest attack against the minority community in the Valley.
Police said Rahul Bhat, a revenue department official at the tehsil office in Chadoora, was taken to a hospital where he died.
They added that two militants were involved in the attack, one of whom shot Bhat point blank with a pistol.
The #injured was immediately brought to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar for treatment where he #succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary investigation reveals that 02 #terrorists are #involved in this #heinous crime & have used pistol for committing this crime.@JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/4gnHF9r9cv
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) May 12, 2022
“Terrorists fired upon one employee namely Shri Rahul Bhat from minority community in Tehsildar office Chadoora, Budgam. He has been shifted to hospital,” Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. “The injured was immediately brought to SMHS Hospital (in) Srinagar for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Immediately after the attack, a joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and Paramilitary forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track the assailants.
This is the year’s third attack on a member of the minority community in the Valley.
On April 13, a militant shot and killed Satish Kumar Singh, a Rajput, outside his home in Kakran village bordering Shopian and Kulgam district. Members of this community have been living in some villages of south Kashmir for seven decades now.
On April 4, militants shot and injured a Kashmiri Pandit, Bal Krishan Bhat (39), in south Kashmir’s Kulgam. Bhat was shot inside his medical shop near his residence in Shopian’s Chotigam village.
Militants had also carried out a number of attacks on members of the minority community and migrant workers in October last year.