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Kashmiri Pandit organisations observe ‘Martyr’s day’

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Jammu: Several organisations of Kashmiri Pandits observed ‘Martyr’s day’ here and in Delhi on Monday, demanding their rehabilitation in the Valley and setting up of a panel to probe the “genocide” the community was allegedly subjected to.
The Kashmiri Pandits have been observing ‘Balidan Divas’ (Martyr’s day) since 1990 to pay homage to the community members and security forces who laid down their lives fighting militancy in the Union Territory.
Several organisations including the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS), the Panun Kashmir, the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC), the All Party Kashmiri Pandit Conference (APMCC) and the All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) observed Martyr’s day in Jammu and Delhi.
YAIKS activists, led by president R K Bhat, put up pictures of slain community members on a wall near the Raj Bhawan here, raised slogans and offered floral tributes.
“Today, we are paying tributes to Kashmiri Pandit members who were killed brutally by the Pakistan-sponsored terrorists. They killed the cream of this community in the initial phase of militancy in 1990. They threatened people to leave or be killed,” Bhat told reporters.
APMCC president Vinood Pandit claimed the government has “failed” to return and rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
The All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) and its affiliated units in the country and abroad paid rich tributes to slain members of the community through a webinar.
Earlier, Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits, reiterated its demand for creation of a separate Union Territory for their rehabilitation in the valley, besides enactment of a law by parliament on the “genocide” the community was allegedly subjected to.
They also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to formally accept that Hindus of Kashmir were subjected to genocide”.
The group said in a statement, “The participants stressed on the creation of a separate geopolitical dispensation in the form of a Union Territory to the East and North of river Jhelum.
“We want to state that the changes in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 have made the creation of Panun Kashmir East and North of river Jhelum constitutionally possible rather than redundant,” Panun Kashmir chairman Dr Ajay Chrungoo said.
“We have no hesitation in stating that internally displaced Hindus of Kashmir are caught up between the forces that continue to perpetrate atrocities on them and the forces of denial of genocide,” he added.
He said the policies on the return and rehabilitation of internally displaced minority pursued by successive governments in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the Centre have been the most brazen expressions of “denial of genocide”.
He said denial of exodus of KPs has not only been destructive to others but has also led to spillover of fundamentalism into rest of India. (PTI)

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