A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead by terrorists in the Budgam area of Jammu and Kashmir today in what appears to be a deliberate attack.

Rahul Bhat, an employee of the Tehsil office in Chadoora, Budgam district, has been identified as the deceased.

Rahul Bhat was brought to the SMHS hospital in Srinagar, where he was certified dead.

The Jammu and Kashmir police department issued a statement condemning the act, saying, “The injured person was rushed to Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to preliminary investigations, two terrorists are implicated in this heinous act and used a firearm to commit it.”

Meanwhile, the search for the perpetrators began almost soon after the tragedy.