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Kashmiri Pandits observe 'Black Day'

PTI  Jammu, July 13, 2012
First Published: 19:01 IST(13/7/2012) | Last Updated: 19:02 IST(13/7/2012)

As the Kashmir Valley observed Martyrs' Day on Friday, Kashmiri Pandits marked it as 'Black Day' organising protest demonstrations in the city.

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Over 300 activists under Joint Forum of Kashmiri Pandit Organisations, wearing black badges and holding placards, raised slogans against "the apathy of the government towards the displaced community."

"On this day, the KP community was subjected to loot, arson, murder and mayhem on a large scale. The observance of July 13 as the so-called Martyrs' Day is tantamount to rubbing salt to the festering wounds of the minority Hindu community of Kashmir," Panun Kashmir President Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said.

"It adds insult to our injury that the day has been designated as the official Martyrs' Day by the political class of the Valley," he said.

July 13 is observed as Martyrs' Day in memory of those who laid down their lives fighting against Dogra rule in Kashmir in 1931.

The protestors include activists of Panun Kashmir, All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASPKC) and Non-Camp Migrants Coordination Committee (NCMCC).


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