Government will bear educational expenses of Bhat’s daughter: Lt Guv
SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Friday announced a government job to the wife of Rahul Bhat who was killed by the Terrorists at Budgam on Thursday.
The Government will also extend financial assistance to the family and bear educational expenses of the daughter of the deceased, the Lt Governor said.
A special investigative team will be constituted to probe all the aspects of the despicable terror attack.
“J&K administration to provide a government job to Rahul Bhat’s wife in Jammu and financial assistance to the family. The government will bear educational expenses of the daughter”, said the Lt Governor in a tweet.
A decision has been taken to constitute a special investigative team to probe all the aspects of the despicable terror attack. The SHO of the concerned police station has also been attached, he added.
Earlier, the Lt Governor met the relatives of Rahul Bhat and assured justice to the family.
In this hour of grief, the government stands firmly with Rahul’s family. Terrorists and their supporters will have to pay a very heavy price for their heinous act, the Lt Governor said.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in various parts of Kashmir where angry Kashmiri Pandit government employees held protests on Friday demanding their relocation to safer places outside the valley, a day after the killing of minority community member Rahul Bhat by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.
The Sheikhpora camp, located in Budgam of central Kashmir, where Kashmiri pandit employees have been given make-shift accommodation, was the epicentre of these protests with people marching towards the airport and shouting slogans against the J-K administration.
A heavy posse of police personnel stopped the protesters after appeals requesting them to disperse failed to yield any result, leading to clashes during which the security forces had to resort to lathi-charge and firing teargas shells.
There were no reports of any injury but some purported pictures of people allegedly wounded during the police action circulated on social media.
The protestors raised slogans against the Jammu and Kashmir administration and demanded that Lt Governor Manoj Sinha should come and assure them about their safety. However, the Lt Governor was in Sopore attending a function at that time.
His office tweeted that the Lt Governor had met the relatives of Bhat and “assured justice to the family”.
Besides protests in Sheikhpora, Kashmir pandit employees at Vessu, Qazigund and Mattan also held demonstrations and threatened to resign en-masse, alleging the government had failed to provide adequate security to the community members who were provided employment under the Prime Minister’s package for the displaced.
Bhat, 35, was shot dead by two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists at his Tehsil office in Chadoora of Budgam district on Thursday.
National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said it was shameful that legitimate and justified protests are met with a heavy-handed response.
“Tourism is not normalcy; it’s a barometer of economic activity. Normalcy is the absence of fear, the absence of terror, the inability of militants to strike at will, the presence of democratic rule & by any yardstick you choose to use, Kashmir is far from normal today,” Abdullah said.
Condemning the killing of a policeman in Pulwama on Friday, the NC leader said targeted killings were continuing unabated in the valley.
“Rahul in his office yesterday, Riyaz Ahmad Thoker, an SPO with J&K police, in his own home today. Targeted killings continue unabated. I can’t condemn this killing strongly enough. May Allah grant Riyaz place in Jannat,” he said.
Notably, Bhat was cremated on Friday in Jammu amid protests by members of the Kashmiri Pandit community.
Hundreds of protestors blocked roads and burnt tyres at Muthi, Hazuribagh and Buntalab.
As the mortal remains of Rahul Bhat reached his home in Durga Nagar area of Jammu on Friday morning where hundreds of mourners had gathered, his relatives wept inconsolably.
Rahul Bhat’s wife and daughter, who were staying with him at Sheikhpora migrant colony in Budgam, accompanied the body as it arrived here from Kashmir.
His brother Sunny lit the pyre at the Buntalab cremation ground as chants of “long live Rahul Bhat” rent the air.
The community members, including Rahul Bhat’s family, accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of making young Kashmiri Hindus “cannon fodder” in the name of rehabilitation of the community.
They also said the incident has shattered their dream of resettling permanently in the valley.
“You have formulated a plan to get young Kashmiri Pandits killed in the name of giving them jobs and rehabilitating them,” Somnath Bhat, a relative of Rahul Bhat, alleged.
Such people are “sitting ducks” for terrorists who are using them for “target practice”, he added.
Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina and other party leaders, who attended the funeral, had to face the ire of the community members.