As Targeted Killings Rise In Valley, 177 Kashmiri Pandit Teachers Moved To Safer Places

The government, amid concerning rise in targeted killings in Kashmir Valley, has ordered transfer of 177 Kashmiri Pandit teachers posted in Srinagar to safer locations. The order by the government came after there were demands of relocation over safety concerns. 

The order comes just a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting to take stock of the security situation in the Union territory after several killings by the terrorists targeting minority community as well as outsiders. 

Since the killing of government employee Rahul Bhatt inside Tehsil office, scores of Kashmiri Pandits employed under the prime minister’s special package in 2012, have been protesting and threatening to leave the valley. 

After the killing of Rahul Bhat, who was shot dead by terrorists on May 12 in the Chadoora area of Budgam district in central Kashmir, around 6,000 employees at various places protested demanding heir relocation outside the Valley. Since then, the targeted terrorist violence in the Valley has only escalated.

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