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A Kashmiri Pandit was murdered at a government office in Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir -by Ecork

Security forces have recently intensified their crackdown on separatist supporters. (representative)

Budgam, Kashmir:

Terrorists shot a man in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir today in what appears to be another case of a targeted attack. Rahul Bhatt was shot at Teseldar’s office in Chadura village. He was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.

“#Terrorists shot one employee, Shree Rahul Bhatt of minority community in Tehsildar office in Chadura, #Pudgham. He has been taken to hospital,” Kashmir Police wrote on Twitter confirming the news.

Today’s attack is the latest in a series of targeted attacks on migrant workers and local minorities that have been gripping Kashmir over the past eight months.

The targeted killings began in October, and most of the victims were immigrants from outside Jammu and Kashmir who came in search of jobs, and the indigenous Kashmiris.

In October, seven civilians were killed in five days – including a Kashmiri Pandit, a Sikh and two non-local Hindus.

Soon, Shekhpura – the home of the Kashmir Pandit minority – began to resemble a ghost town as most families left.

Security forces intensified their operations and launched a major crackdown on alleged supporters of the separatists.

Officials said at least 168 terrorists are active in Jammu and Kashmir while 75 have been killed in clashes with security forces this year.

They noted that among those neutralized were 21 foreign mercenaries.

The opposition Congress has often accused the BJP-led center of failing to protect the valley’s residents.

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