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Lt Guv Manoj Sinha visits family of slain Kashmiri pandit in Jammu

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Jammu/Srinagar: Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday evening visited the house of slain Kashmiri pandit Rahul Bhat here and offered condolences to his family, officials said.
Bhat (35), who had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 2010-11, was shot dead by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists at his office in the Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on May 12.
Sinha visited the bereaved family at Ban Talab in the outskirts of Jammu and expressed his condolences to his parents, wife and other members of the family, the officials said.
After the Lt Governor left the house, Rahul’s father Bitu Jee Bhat said Sinha assured his family of all possible help from the government.
We were assured that the government will do whatever possible to provide relief to us, he said.
Rahul’s wife said an assurance was given that she will get a better job besides the expenses for the education of her daughter would be borne by the government.
The agitated Kashmiri pandits are demanding adequate compensation and a government job for the wife of the deceased.
Meanwhile, the protest by Kashmiri Pandit employees over the killing of their colleague Rahul Bhat entered 13th day as the protestors did not resume duties even after assurances given by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during his visit to Sheikhpura migrant camp n Monday.
The employees continued their protest saying they won’t resume duties till their demand for relocation outside Kashmir is met.
Shouting slogans against district administration, the protestors raised slogans like “we want justice”.
Sinha on Monday visited the Sheikhpora migrant camp where Kashmiri Pandit employees have been protesting the killing of Rahul Bhat, and assured them that their problems will be addressed honestly.
Sinha, during his interaction with protesting employees, admitted he was late in visiting the camp.
Referring to the demand for providing a government job to Bhat’s wife, the LG said her qualifications will be checked and whatever is feasible will be provided.
Sinha told the protesting employees that the pain he felt over Bhat’s killing was no less than what they felt.
There is nothing more unfortunate for the head of an administration than the killing of a government employee, he added.
Sinha expressed hope that the employees “will soon feel that many things have been done”.
“I want to assure you that I will honestly try that there is a redressal of your issues and that you live with your families at ease,” he LG said.
“This administration is committed to the welfare of its employees. There is a need to see our intention. There is no need to have any ill-feelings… I want to assure you that your problems will be addressed honestly and judiciously,” Sinha said.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir had last week directed deputy commissioners to accommodate Kashmiri Pandit employees close to their places of residence or at district headquarters, whichever is feasible for them.

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