Kulgam Teacher Shot Dead: Migrant Kashmiri Pandit teacher shot dead by terrorists in Kulgam district | India News

NEW DELHI: A migrant Kashmiri Pandit high school teacher was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
“It happened around 10am. I saw a teacher shot in her head. Another teacher picked her up for help, I informed Police,” Gopalpora village head said.
Rajni Bala (36), a Hindu and a resident of Samba (Jammu division), sustained injuries when terrorists fired at her in Gopalpora area of Kulgam where she was posted as a teacher, police said.

An injured Bala was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her dead on arrival, the officials said.
“The terrorists involved in this gruesome terror crime will be soon identified and neutralised,” the police said. The entire area attack has been cordoned off to nab the assassins.
Meanwhile, Kashmiri Pandits are holding protest in Srinagar against the killings by terrorists. Bala’s relative said, “We want justice. Govt should do something about targeted killings. Security should be given to migrant employees there (Kashmir division).”


National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah termed the attack on the teacher a “despicable” act.
“Rajni was from Samba District of Jammu province. A government teacher working in Kulgam area of South Kashmir, she lost her life in a despicable targeted attack. My heart goes out to her husband Raj Kumar & the rest of her family. Another home irreparably damaged by violence,” he said.
“This is yet another targeted killing in a long list of recent attacks directed at unarmed civilians. Words of condemnation & condolence ring hollow as do the assurances of the government that they will not rest till situation normalises. May the deceased rest in peace,” Abdullah added.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said despite the Centre’s claims of normalcy in Kashmir, targeted killings were on the rise.
“Despite GOIs fake claims about Kashmir being normal its obvious that targeted civilian killings are on the rise & a deep cause of concern (sic). Condemn this act of cowardice which sadly plays into the vicious anti Muslim narrative spun by BJP,” she tweeted.
Sajad Lone also condemned the killing, saying cowardice has yet again plummeted to shameless depths.
“A teacher, an innocent woman hailing from Samba, has been shot dead in Kulgam. May her soul rest in peace,” he said.
BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur said he strongly condemned the attack. “Yet another dastardly act of terrorism in Kulgam. Attacking unarmed civilians, that too women, is no bravery but an act of frustration,” he added.
This is the second killing of a Kashmiri Pandit in the month of May. Earlier this month, two civilians – including Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat — and three off-duty policemen were killed in Kashmir by the terrorists.
These deaths follow a series of killings that have been happening since August 5, 2019, the day when the Union government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and downgraded it to a Union territory while simultaneously bifurcating the region into J&K and Ladakh UTs.
(With inputs from agencies)
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