Kashmiri Pandits condemn stone pelting, demand protection

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Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations in Jammu and Kashmir today condemned stone-pelting on minorities and demanded immediate deployment of army around temples and KP employees’ colonies in the Valley.

They also alleged that the community was under “grave fear and threat” in the Valley and said they will take out a rally protesting against the ruling dispensation in the state.

“We are caught in Katayani temple complex in Kulgam along with families and children. We were subjected to stone pelting by a mob,” All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) Chairman Vinood Pandit said.

Pandit, who had gone to Kashmir to hold a yajna at the temple complex on July 12, said “we are fearing for living. No one is coming to our rescue. We called the police and other officials but no body coming to our rescue.”

“We were subjected to stone pelting during night at Haal KP employees colony. Our vehicles were damaged. We are fearing for our lives and that of families, women and children,” an employee at Haal colony said.

Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj R K Bhat hit out at the state government and police and announced a protest rally here to press for the elaborate security around minority places in Kashmir.

All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) condemned the stone-pelting incidents, saying, “Government should give fool proof security to all KPs living and working there under PM’s package. The administration will be responsible for any type of security lapses and it should provide adequate security to all temples in the Valley”.

The KP Sabha, an apex body of KPs in Jammu, also condemned the incidents.

“In view of the previous experience that soft targets are attacked to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra the security should have been beefed up at all such vulnerable places beforehand, KPS President K K Khosa said.

Several other organisations including Panun Kashmir, APMCC, Radha Krishan Ganjoo Foundation trust, Sharika Peeth Sanastha, Zeishta Devi Prabandik Committee (ZDPC), Samaji Vikas Sasthan, PSMICT Martand, Pulwama Temple Panel, Manzgam Temple committee, Tripursundri temple Asthapan, Jammu and Kashmir Nationalist Movement also condemned these incident.

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