Kashmiri Pandit shot dead in Shopian, 2nd attack in last 24hr
In Jammu and Kashmir, militants opened fire on common people on Tuesday, in which a Kashmiri Pandit died.
The name of the person killed in the attack by militants being told as Sunil Kumar. Minority community member identified as Sunil Kumar son of Arjun Nath while as his brother identified as Pintu Kumar was injured.
According to the Kashmir Zone Police, this attack took place in an apple orchard in the Chhotipura area of Shopian.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that stone throwing, hartals and closure of schools and universities were history as democracy was fully blossoming in UT after three tumultuous decades. He said security forces launched the ‘last assault to dismantle the terrorist network in J&K.’
Addressing the meeting at the highly fortified S K stadium in Sonwar here, on the occasion of the 76th Independence Day, Sinha according to the Kashmir News Observer (KNO) news agency, Sinha said that all efforts by the neighbouring country to destabilize the peace are being treated professionally by “our security forces” who work day after day to cement peace and make it a permanent feature.
“The throwing of stones on the roads, the hartals and the closing of schools and colleges is already history. Out of 365 days in a year, 100 days would witness events that would affect businesses and the education of children studying in schools and universities,” Sinha said, adding that J&K was heading towards peace and prosperity. “The bazaars stay open until late at night and transport runs normally until late at night. There is no fear and the common man is breathing a sigh of relief,” said LG.
He said that all the nefarious designs and propaganda to mislead the youth are receiving a proper response from the security forces and the administration. The LG said that the security forces in J&K launched the final assault to dismantle the ‘terrorist network’ led by the neighbouring country.
“The Central and UT Government is fully committed to the rehabilitation and welfare of Kashmiri Pandits. Sincere efforts are being made at the administrative level and the people should also come forward for achieving this objective. Out of 6000 jobs, appointments have been made on 5502 posts and recruitment for 458 posts has been initiated which shall be completed soon. We have been able to address the demands of employees appointed under Hon’ble PM Package to a great extent,” the LG said, adding that “The construction of 6000 transit accommodations for facilitating their return under PMDP which was very sluggish, has received a new impetus. 1000 units have been completed and 1100 units more will be completed by this year. Further, the Government has set a target of completing the remaining 3900 units within one and a half years.”
He said that all PM Package and minority employees have been deployed in safe places. Jobs and housing, although important, are not the only solutions for their rehabilitation and welfare, so other efforts are also being made.
Kashmiri Pandits and other displaced communities facing the brunt of displacement have been given justice by implementing the Jammu and Kashmir Displaced Immovable Property Act, enacted in 1997, with effect from last year. “Till June this year, 8000 complaints have been received, on the basis of which, 2414 kanals of land have been retrieved from illegal occupation by taking action on 6500 complaints thereby providing justice to these 6500 families after three decades,” he said.
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