Kashmiri Pandit Shot Dead, Brother Injured In Shopian

Killing sparks Fresh Protest by minority community in Budgam

Killing sparks Fresh Protest by minority community in Budgam

Militants Responsible For Killing Will Not Be Spared, says LG

Shopain, Aug 16 (KNS): Militants have shot dead a Kashmiri Pandit and injured his brother in Shopian district of South Kashmir, officials said here on Tuesday. 

A senior police official identified the deceased as Sunil Kumar and the injured as Pintu Kumar "Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one injured. Both belong to minority community. Injured person has been shifted to hospital. Area cordoned off. Further details shall follow," a police spokesperson said. 

“Pained beyond words on despicable terror attack on civilians in Shopian. My thoughts are with the family of Sunil Kumar. Praying for speedy recovery of injured. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone. Terrorists responsible for barbaric act will not be spared,” office of the L-G J&K tweeted. 

Meanwhile, LG Sinha visited the Army Hospital in Srinagar to inquire about the health of Pitambar Nath Pandit, who was injured in Shopian attack. 

The spokesperson for the J&K unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Altaf Thakur, said he ‘strongly condemn(s) the dastardly act of terror’.

"Strongly condemn dastardly act of terror on innocent majority community members… in which one minority community member, Sunil Kumar, was killed and another injured. Terror has no religion. Killers should be punished," he said

Ravinder Rana, the BJP's local chief, slammed 'cowardly Pakistani terrorists' for the attack and killing, telling reporters, "Two brothers - Kashmiri Hindus- Sunil Kumar and Pintu were targeted by coward Pakistani terrorists. Pak wants bloodbath in Kashmir, Pak terrorists are enemies of people of Kashmir."

Reacting to the killing, Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference chief Sajad Lone said, "Yet another dastardly attack by coward terrorists in Shopian. We strongly condemn this heinous act of violence. My condolences to the family."

Meanwhile, Kashmiri Pandits hit the streets at Budgam district to protest against the fresh killing by militants in Shopian district. 

While demanding justice for the teacher and seeking better safety arrangements for the community in the Valley amid a recent rise in targeted killings, the protesters raised slogans "Minorities ko jeene do" (Let the minorities live), besides they also threatened to resign en-masse.(KNS)

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