Emotions run high as Rahul Bhat cremated in Jammu

ADGP, Div Com Jammu, BJP leaders others attend funeral; Kashmiri Pandits hold protest
Emotions run high as Rahul Bhat cremated in Jammu
Witnesses said that emotions ran high when last rites of the slain KP employee were performed at Bantalab cremation ground.Mir Imran for Greater Kashmir

Jammu, May 13: A protest was held today on Janipur road near Durga Nagar area here following the cremation of Rahul Bhat, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit employee who was shot dead by terrorists in the Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on May 12.

Witnesses said that emotions ran high when last rites of the slain KP employee were performed at Bantalab cremation ground.

However, following the cremation, the Kashmiri migrants held a protest on the Janipur road against the killing and demanded adequate security for the KP employees and their families in Kashmir.

However, the protesters dispersed peacefully, the witnesses said.

As the mortal remains of Rahul Bhat reached his home in Durga Nagar area of Jammu on Friday morning, his relatives wept inconsolably, reported news agency PTI.

Rahul Bhat's wife and daughter, who were putting up 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" rented the air.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits gathered at Bhat's house in Jammu for the last rites.

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 (BJP) have formulated a plan to get young Kashmiri Pandits killed in the name of giving them jobs and rehabilitating them," Soon Nath Bhat, a relative of Rahul Bhat said.

Such people are sitting ducks for terrorists who are using them for target practice , he added.

The cremation was also attended by the ADGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh, Div Com Jammu, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, SSP Jammu and other officials. BJP leaders and members of civil society also visited the cremation ground.

While interacting with Bhat’s father, the ADGP said: “The whole police pariwar stands with the bereaved family and expresses heartfelt sympathies, grief and sorrow.” He assured that every support would be provided to the family from the police.

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