Shopian: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and leaders of several political parties condemned the killing of Pooran Kishan Chander Bhat a Kashmiri Pandit in South Kashmir’s Shopian district
In a tweet Lt Governor said “It is a dastardly act of cowardice. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. I assure the people that the perpetrators and those aiding and abetting (militants) will be severely punished”.
National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah said, “I condemn the attack in unequivocal terms and express my heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved household. I pray for peace to the departed soul.”
Party’s vice president Omar Abdullah said, “Another reprehensible attack. I unequivocally condemn this attack in which Pooran Krishan Bhat has lost his life. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family. May Pooran ji’s soul rest in peace.”
The PDP said while the Kashmiri pandits have been protesting for the last five months demanding their relocation after Rahul Bhat was shot dead in May, the “LG administration in their hubris kept turning a blind eye to their plight”. “Today yet another Kashmiri Pandit, Puran Krishan, was shot dead in Shopian. Thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family,” the party said.
CPI(M) leader MY Tarigami said the government must ensure foolproof security for the minorities in the Kashmir Valley. “Pained beyond words by the despicable attack which snuffed out the life of Puran Krishan Bhat. There does not seem any letup in the killing of innocent people. The government must ensure foolproof security to the minorities,” he tweeted.
BJP General Secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul also condemned the “barbaric” killing and offered his condolences to the family.
In a statement, he said that “these anti-national elements will never be successful. These things will not be tolerated anymore as these attacks are aimed to disturb the peace in the region.”
Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said, “Unequivocally condemn the attack on Pooran Krishan Bhat in Shopian. My heartfelt condolences to his family. This is a dastardly act of cowardice. May his soul rest in peace.” The Peoples Conference said there can never be a justification for attacks like these.
Chairman J&K Peoples Democratic Front (J&K PDF) and former Minister Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen while condeming killing of pooran Krishan Bhat by unidentified gunmen ,said that killing of unarmed human biengs was against the tenants of all religions especially in Islam . He said that violence has no room in a civilised society . Hakeem Yaseen urged the government to identify the criminals involved in the heinous crime and give them exemplary punishment. He said killers of unarmed human biengs can never be well wishers of kashmiris, who are peace loving people both by nature and conviction . PDF Chairman has expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family of Krishan Kumar.