Unrest in J&K: Constable shot dead in Pulwama; protests over Kashmiri Pandit’s killing

Police fire teargas shells after a group of Pandits tries to march towards Srinagar airport.

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Friday, May 13, 2022, 03:20 PM IST


Constable Reyaz Ahmad Thokar was killed in Gudoora Village, Kakapora Block, this morning, a police spokesman said.The constable was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar said.This is the second killing in the Valley in the last 24 hours. On Thursday evening, Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit who worked at the tehsil office at Chadoora in Budgam District, was killed at the premises.Following Bhat’s killing, protests broke out in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Police fired teargas shells after a group of Pandits tried to march towards Srinagar airport.

At several areas, members of the community left their transit camps, blocked roads and raised slogans against the central government and the BJP, saying they had failed them.

More than 4,000 Pandits are living in transit camps in various parts of Kashmir after they were given government jobs under a special employment package launched in 2010.

The protesters also raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. At several places, candlelight marches were also held.Former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti was allegedly denied permission to visit Bhat’s family in Pulwama on Friday morning. Mufti said she wanted to visit Budgam to express solidarity with Kashmiri Pandits protesting against the Centre’s “failure to protect them”.

Former CM Omar Abdullah termed the police’s actions “shameful”. He also took on the Manoj Sinha-led administration over its claims of normalcy. “Tourism is not normalcy, it’s a barometer of economic activity. Normalcy is the absence of fear, the absence of terror, the inability of militants to strike at will, the presence of democratic rule and by any yardstick you choose to use, Kashmir is far from normal today,” he said.


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Published on: Friday, May 13, 2022, 03:15 PM IST