AP PHOTOS: Kashmir Hindus in mourning after wave of killings

Bitta Ji Bhat and his wife have yet to reconcile with the death of their son. Yet, what breaks their heart the most is their 4-year-old granddaughter oblivious to the reality that her father is no more.

“My eyes get teary when I see my granddaughter play around, not knowing that cruel hands of death have snatched her papa,” Bhat said on a recent afternoon at his modest home in Jammu, a Hindu-dominated city in Muslim-majority Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Bhat’s son, a Hindu revenue clerk, was fatally shot inside his office in Kashmir Valley in May. Two days later, police said they had shot dead the anti-India rebels responsible in a gunfight.

That hasn’t eased the deep mourning of Bhat’s parents.

“What could be more agonizing and painful for a father like me who had to see the dead body of his son,” Bhat said. In front of him lay a framed picture of his son, Rahul Bhat. He was 35.

Kashmir has witnessed a spate of targeted killings in recent months. Several Hindus,…

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