Issuing a hard-hitting statement in the aftermath of Tuesday’s killing of Sunil Kumar and critically injuring his brother, Pitambar aka Pintu in Chotigam village of Shopian district, Tickoo asked all local Pandits to leave the Valley.
“No Kashmiri Pandit is safe in Kashmir Valley. For Kashmiri Pandits, only one option left is to leave Kashmir or get killed by the religiously fanatic minds who have support from the local population,” the KPSS statement said. It alleged that tourists and Amarnath Yatris remained safe in Kashmir, but non-local Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits are the target of terrorists. The statement accuses the government for its alleged failure to protect the Kashmiri Pandit community. J&K has recorded a string of attacks over the past week amid heightened security for Independence Day. Migrant worker Mohammad Amrej, 19, from Bihar’s Madhepura was killed at his rented house in north Kashmir’s Bandipora last Friday, while a special police officer was wounded in a separate attack in Anantnag later in the afternoon.