“Modi, Shah Using Kashmiri Pandits As Cannon Fodder For Politics”: Slain Rahul Bhat’s Wife

Talking to India Today, the wife of Rahul Bhat said that her husband felt “insecure” while working in Chadoora. Bhat was killed by terrorists in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.

Meenakshi Bhat told India Today that her husband, Rahul, had requested the local administration to transfer him to the district headquarter.

“But despite repeated pleas, he wasn’t transferred,” she said. 

“I asked him to come home and he said ‘yes’. Five minutes later, I got the news of his murder,” she further added. 

She suspects “some people within his office conspired with the terrorists”, Meenakshi Bhat said. “He used to say everyone behaved nicely with him and nobody could harm him. Yet nobody protected him, they (terrorists) must’ve asked someone about him, otherwise, how would they’ve known,” she added. 

 “PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah are making Kashmiri Pandits scapegoats. They are using Kashmiri Pandits as cannon fodder for their politics. I challenge them to come to Kashmir and roam around without security. Kashmiri Pandits are being persecuted. The nation is silent. PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are totally indifferent towards Kashmiri Pandits,” she stressed. 

Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit Revenue employee, was killed inside Tehsil Office Chadoora in Budgam where he was posted. the mass resignation by the KP employees came in the backdrop of Bhat’s killing. The victim was the native of Sangrampora Beerwah, presently staying at Pandit Colony in Sheikhpora Budgam.

The Kashmiri Pandit community has been outraged over the incident, and came out on streets to protest after the killing.

On Saturday, fresh protests broke out against the killing. Kashmiri Pandit government employees, staying in Veerwan transit camp in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, demanded that they should be moved to Jammu.

A violent fight broke out between police and protesting Pandit employees.

Massive protests took place across Jammu and Kashmir yesterday night as Kashmiri Pandits demanded safety in the aftermath of the murder of a 36-year-old member of their community.

Members of the community left their transit camps, where they had been staying since their evacuation during the 1990 militancy wave, to block roadways and shout slogans against the central government, accusing it of failing them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were also targeted with slogans.

Candlelight marches were also held in various locations.

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