Muslims Perform Last Rites Of Pandit Neighbour

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Srinagar: In another example of communal harmony and brotherhood, the Muslim neighbors in south Kashmir’s Tral Township on Saturday helped perform the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit who passed away this morning.

95-year-old Jagar Nath Bhat breathed his last in his home in Buchoo of Tral in the wee hours today plunging the small village in mourning, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Observer. After the news spread in the village, the local Muslims visited the family and expressed condolences with them. Many youth, the reports said made arrangements in performing his last rites. They also ferried firewood for helping the family to cremate the deceased.

A former auditor of Cooperative department, Bhat and his family, including three daughters and a son stayed back when other community members left Kashmir after the outbreak of militancy in Kashmir in early 90’s. He has left behind his lone son Moti Lal, a retired government teachers and three daughters, who are all settled. Last year, his wife passed away after a brief illness.

“He passed away around 5 in the morning. Keeping social distancing norms in mind, the local Muslims visited the bereaved family one by one and expressed their condolences,” Javeed Jameel, a local told Kashmir Observer.

 “This is the lone Pandit family in the village. Pandit Jagar Nath Bhat and his family share a strong bond with the Muslims. We have lost a noble soul today,” he added.

He said that people from all walks of life participated in the last rites of the deceased Pandit community member.

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