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Kashmir Pandit clerk shot dead inside his office in Budgam

A government employee belonging to the Kashmir Pandit community was killed by suspected militants inside his office in Chadoora of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Two gunmen entered the Tehsil office in Chadoora town and shot at Rahul Bhat, a clerk posted there under the special employment package for migrants, officials said.

The officials said Bhat, who was residing in a migrant colony at Sheikhpura in Budgam district, was shifted to a hospital but succumbed to injuries.

“The injured was immediately brought to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary investigation reveals that 2 militants are involved in this attack & have used pistol for committing this crime,” the Kashmir Zone Police said.

A hunt has been launched to track down the assailants.

A little-known outfit, Kashmir Tigers, has claimed responsibility for Bhat’s killing.

There has been a spurt in attacks on pro-India cadre and outsiders living in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

As many as 14 people belonging to Jammu and Kashmir’s minority Hindu community, including Kashmiri Pandits, were killed by suspected militants between August 2019 and March 2022.

Those targeted included prominent businessmen, sarpanch, and block development council members in various parts of Kashmir.

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