June 7, 2022 11:21 pm

200 KP Teachers Shifted To Safer Locations In Kashmir

Kashmiri Pandit government employees protest at Srinagar’s press enclave | KO File Photo by Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir administration has transferred around 200 Kashmiri Pandit teachers from vulnerable areas to “safer locations” in Srinagar and elsewhere following a spate of targeted attacks in the Kashmir valley.

An official from Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) told Kashmir Observer that majority of these teachers have been posted in Srinagar.

The teachers, who have been recruited under the Prime Minister’s special employment package have been posted in high security zone areas such as Badamibagh, Batwara and Athwajan, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh and Barzulla, he said.

“Other non-teaching staff will also be posted in secure areas,” the official said, wishing not to be named.

He said the decision was taken to ensure the safety of the Kashmiri Pandit employees.

Earlier, the administration directed all the departments to shift the KP employees, working in interiors of the valley’s 10 districts, to the more secure district headquarters.

KP employees have been staging protests and threatening mass exodus since the killing of Rahul Bhat, a clerk, who was shot dead by militants on May 12 in Chadoora area of Budgam district.

Bhat’s killing sparked protests by thousands of KP and Dogra employees, demanding their relocation outside the Valley.

The killing of government teacher Rajni Bala (36) in the premises of the school in Kulgam’s Gopalpora area further fuelled the anger among the protesting employees.

Last week, a transfer list of Kashmir Pandit teachers went public triggering a huge controversy, as the list had names and places of posting of all the employees.

The political parties in the valley slammed the government for making the list public.

The BJP leader Altaf Thakur said that making the transfer list public on social platforms is a big security breach as militants now have a clear idea of who is posted where.

“The government must take strong note of it and find out who is making the fresh transfer list of migrant Kashmiri Pandits public at a time when targeted killings are taking place in the Valley,” said Thakur.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed