The government employees from the Kashmiri Pandit community have made an appeal for the safe evacuation of them from Kashmir province to a safer place. In a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha dated May 14, the All PM Package Employees Forum wrote, “We, the PM Package Employees and Non-PM Package Employees request your good self to please evacuate us safely from Kashmir province and save us. It’s really unfortunate that being Indian, being Hindu we are being targeted again and again, day in day out we are being assassinated selectively. This package was given as confidence building initiative for we people but forget about the confidence we are not able to live here. Sir, in case your good self is not able to anything, we are ready to give en masse resignation… Kashmir is not safe for us.”
This comes just a couple of days after Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit, was fired upon at the Tehsildar’s office in the Chadoora village. He was immediately shifted to the hospital but was of no use. The targeted killings had started in October, the victims being mostly migrants from outside Jammu and Kashmir who came in search of jobs and indigenous Kashmiri pandits.