Anger among Kashmiri Pandits over Rahul Bhatt Murder, Jammu-Srinagar highway jammed, father demands probe

Publish Date: 13 May, 2022 |

Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhatt was killed on Thursday by terrorists inside the tehsil office in Chadoora, Budgam. His body was cremated today at Ban Talab crematorium in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sunny, brother of the deceased Rahul Bhatt, lit the brother's pyre. During this, members of the Kashmiri Pandit community expressed their anger over the brutal killing and demanded protection for the Kashmiri Pandits living in the valley.

Protests and clash with Police

Kashmiri Pandits protested on the road with the dead body and refused to lift the dead body till the Lt Governor arrived. Protests continued from place to place till late night. Later, on the assurance of Deputy Inspector General of Police Sujit Kumar, the staff agreed to lift the dead body. Late night the body was sent to Jammu. Here Rahul's parents live in Durganagar. 

At the same time, members of Kashmiri Pandit Employees Association demonstrated in Anantnag demanding justice against the murder of Rahul Pandit in Budgam. Association member Sandeep Bhat said- We have asked the government to rehabilitate us in those places where we can feel safe.

Kashmir Tigers claimed responsibility for the murder

Though a little-known terror outfit, Kashmir Tigers, claimed responsibility for Bhat’s killing, the police chief said the Lashkar-e-Tayyabba terror group was behind it. Rahul's father said, 'Terrorists shot him in the office by asking his name, who is Rahul Bhat? There were four other people there. The terrorists asked who is Rahul Bhat, then he replied, I am Rahul Bhat, come, what is the work? After this the terrorists fired bullets and killed them. Expressing displeasure with the administration and the government, Bittaji said, "No one bothered from Srinagar. It would have been nice if the DC or at least the SSP would have said something.


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