Terrorists kill Kashmiri Pandit working in apple orchard in Shopian
The deceased Kashmiri Pandit was identified as Sunil Kumar and the injured as Pintu Kumar. The brothers were working in their apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian, which is 80 km from Srinagar. Sunil received two bullet wounds and was declared brought dead to the hospital.
In yet another attack targetting the Kashmiri Pandit community in Jammu and Kashmir, two brothers who were working in their apple orchard were attacked by terrorists in the Shopian district. One of the brothers succumbed to injuries while the other is being treated in hospital.
According to police, the deceased Kashmiri Pandit was identified as Sunil Kumar and the injured as Pintu Kumar. Sunil received two bullet wounds and was declared brought dead to the hospital.
The brothers were working in their apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian, which is 80 km from Srinagar. Their family had been residing in the area for generations.
According to police officials, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is believed to be behind the attack. The TRF, an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Tayiba, is expected to claim responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, the area has been cordoned off.
To note, terrorists have stepped up attacks in the Kashmir valley over the past week. Last week, a migrant labourer was killed in Bandipora. On Sunday, terrorists killed a policeman in Nowhatta. On Monday, two grenade attacks were reported in Srinagar and Budgam districts on Monday.
The Shopian killing drew condemnation from Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and political leaders of various parties.
While mourning the loss of life in the terror attack in Shopian, Sinha took to Twitter to say that he was pained beyond words on the despicable attack and vowed that the terrorists responsible for the barbaric act would not be spared.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the killing. BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur said terror had no religion and that the killers of Sunil Kumar should be punished.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the increased attacks, the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharash Samiti has asked the community members to leave the Valley. Stating that the terrorists had made it clear that they would kill all the Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir valley, KPSS chief Sanjay Tickoo urged all Kashmiri Pandits to leave the valley and move to safer places like Jammu and Delhi.
He further accused the government of failing to provide security to minorities, especially Kashmiri Pandits. We have seen this for the last 32 years now, he said, asking, "How long are we going to die like this? Enough is enough."