Pandit Families Leave Kashmir After Series Of Attacks, Had Stayed Put In Peak Terror

Kashmiri Pandits' homes in Shopian district are now padlocked; locals say only one Pandit woman is left in Chaudharygund; and she too is moving out

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Pandit Families Leave Kashmir After Series Of Attacks, Had Stayed Put In Peak Terror

As a fallout of recent targeted attacks on Kashmiri Pandits, at least 10 families of the community have quietly left Kashmir Valley to shift to Jammu.
These families had stayed put in Shopian district’s Chaudharygund and Chotigam villages – where two Pandits were killed by terrorists in the last two months – even when the unrest had first begun in the late 1980s.

Their homes are now padlocked. Locals say only one Pandit woman is left in Chaudharygund; and she too is moving out.

In this village, a Pandit named Puran Krishan Bhat was shot dead by terrorists outside his ancestral house on October 15.

And then on October 18 two men, migrant workers Monish Kumar and Ram Sagar, were killed in a grenade attack while they were asleep in their rented accommodation in Shopian.

This came just weeks after a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead by terrorists at an apple orchard in Shopian district. His brother was also injured in the firing.

Sources had then said the government was bracing for more such violence.

“Ten families comprising 35 to 40 Kashmiri Pandits have migrated out of our village due to the fear psychosis,” a resident of Choudharygund village who faced a death threat recently told news agency PTI.

“The situation is not conducive for us to live in the valley. We live in fear due to the killings. There is no security for us,” another villager said.

The villagers alleged a police post was set up away from their village even though they repeatedly sought protection. They said they have left everything in their houses, even the recent harvest of apple.

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