Panic grips Kashmir after teacher’s killing

New Delhi: More than 100 Hindu families have fled Kashmir as panic spread after the killing of a Hindu school teacher in Kulgam, a community leader said.

Terrorists on May 31 shot dead Rajni Bala, 36, outside a government school in Kulgam that lies south of Srinagar – the latest in a spate of targeted killings of civilians.

Avtar Krishan Bhat, president of a Kashmiri Pandit colony in Baramulla, said that around half of the 300 families living in the area had fled since May 31.

“They were terrified after the killing. We will also leave by tomorrow as we are waiting for a government response,” he said. “We had asked the government to relocate us outside Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, the J&K administration has decided to post all 4,500 Kashmiri Pandit employees working under the Prime Minister’s Rehabilitation Package (PMRP) at secured locations by June 6.

“All employees from the minority communities posted in Kashmir will be posted at secured locations and the process will be completed by June 6,” an official said.

Employees had threatened to leave the Valley if they were not relocated within 24 hours. The killing of Rajni Bala shocked the SC employees posted in Kashmir. We are facing threat to our lives in the light of Rajni Bala’s killing,” reads a letter submitted by the SC employees before the Director, Education, Kashmir.


A look at recent terror killings in Kashmir

May 31, 2002: Terrorists shot dead Rajni Bala, a Hindu school teacher, at Gopalpora in Kulgam district;

May 25, 2022: Terrorists fired upon a 35-year-old Amreen Bhat at her residence in Budgam;

May 24, 2022: Saifullah Qadri, a policeman was killed and his seven-year-old daughter injured after terrorists opened fire at them in Srinagar;

May 17, 2022: Ranjit Singh (52) was killed while three others were injured after terrorists lobbed a grenade in Baramulla;

May 12, 2022: Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat was shot dead by terrorists in J&K’s Budgam;

May 9, 2022: A civilian was killed and two others, including a soldier, were injured during a gunfight in the Pandoshan area of Shopian district;

May 7, 2022: Police constable Ghulam Hassan Dar died in a militant attack near Aiwa Bridge in Srinagar;

Apr 22, 2022: Railway Protection Force officer, Sub-Inspector Devraj, succumbed to his injuries in a militant attack on April 18 in Pulwama.

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