BJP in the line of fire for ‘failing to protect KPs’ in Kashmir

Arteev Sharma. Updated: 5/14/2022 11:42:35 AM Front Page

Jammu: The brutal killing of a Kashmiri Pandit (KP) government employee Rahul Bhat in Budgam’s Chadoora area has put the BJP in the line of fire for “showing least concern” towards the foolproof security of KPs staying in Kashmir Valley.

The party leaders had to face strong protests by the family and relatives of Rahul Bhat who accused the party of making them just sitting ducks for terrorists in Kashmir Valley.

During the cremation of Rahul Bhat in the Friday morning, Kashmiri Pandits held noisy demonstration and raised slogans against the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and the BJP for having “failed” to protect the employees of the minority community working in the Valley.

They also grilled the J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina and former deputy chief minister, who were present at Rahul’s funeral.

“What has the BJP done for Kashmiri Pandits since it came to power? We have been made scapegoats by the government. Nobody in the administration listened to what we have been facing on a daily basis,” yelled the protestors at the BJP leaders who reached the cremation ground to pay tributes to the slain KP employee.

“What kind of Hindutva was the BJP following? What would be the meaning of this Hinduvta if there was no Hindu in Kashmir? We support the BJP because we want to live in Hindustan. How long will you treat the KPs as scapegoats? If the government is really serious about saving the lives of KPs residing in Kashmir Valley, it should relocate them from there and shift them to Jammu,” the infuriated protestors said.

In Kashmir Valley too, the protestors chanted slogans against the LG administration and the BJP for their “utter failure” to protect the lives of minority community people. “The government has failed to provide adequate security to the community members who were provided employment under the Prime Minister’s package for the displaced. We want our relocation to Jammu,” they said.

And if this was not the enough, the angry Kashmir pandit employees at Vessu, Qazigund and Mattan also held demonstrations and threatened to resign en-masse. A letter claiming that KPs have tendered mass resignations went viral in social media but the J & K government denied the social media reports saying “such letter of resignations have been received by the administration”.

Updated On 5/14/2022 11:44:30 AM

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