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Kashmir Pandit teacher shot dead in Kulgam

Suspected militants on Tuesday shot dead a Kashmiri Pandit teacher in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

36-year-old Rajni Bala of Samba in the Jammu region sustained injuries when gunmen fired at her in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam where she was posted as a teacher, they said.

An injured Bala was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her dead on arrival, the officials said.

They added that the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt launched to track down the gunmen.

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah termed the attack on the teacher a “despicable” act.

“Rajni was from Samba District of Jammu province. A government teacher working in the Kulgam area of South Kashmir, she lost her life in a despicable targeted attack. My heart goes out to her husband Raj Kumar & the rest of her family. Another home irreparably damaged by violence,” he said.

This is the second killing of a Kashmiri Pandit in the month of May. On May 12, Rahul Bhat was shot dead inside the tehsildar’s office in Chadoora tehsil of Budgam district.

This is the seventh targeted killing in Kashmir in the month. While three of those slain were off-duty policemen, four were unarmed civilians. 

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