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Under renewed threats, pandits may flee the Valley

Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, November 17, 2009
First Published: 13:06 IST(17/11/2009) | Last Updated: 14:19 IST(17/11/2009)

Kashmiri Pandits, who braved on in the valley at the height of militant violence in 1989, are now scared. After threats to their life came from members of the majority community in the Kashmir valley.

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Threatening to migrate now, Sanjay K. Tickoo, who heads the Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS), said the Samiti members were attacked on Sunday by five to six persons from the majority community when the pandits were clicking pictures of a temple at Chattabal.

"It was 386th temple which we wanted to document through pictures for restoring it. But five six members from the majority community came and threatened us," Tickoo told the Hindustan Times. "The villagers who had gathered at the spot did not intervene. This shows that the attitude towards the minority community has not changed."

Tickoo said these men used the words like "Jis tarah humne tumhare mandiroon ko Jalaya hai vaise hi tum logon ko jalayenge, aur kisi ko pata bi nahi chalega (The way we have burnt your temples, in the same way we will burn you and no one will know about you). Yehan sirf Islam Chalega (Only Islam will prevail here). India ko lagta hai kit tum logon ko vapas layega, jo bi aaye ga mara jayega, hum log phir se gun uthayenge (India thinks that they can bring Kashmiri Pandits back to Valley, who so ever will come will die, we will again raise arms against you)."

Tickoo said the men manhandled the members of the KPSS. "We had to leave the place."

The Samiti has now sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention in the matter. It has also written to the both factions of the Hurriyat Conference, which had promised them security.

"We will also send a memorandum to the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and the Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tomorrow," said Tickoo.

The KPSS requested the state and Central administration to re-think their proposal to bring back the Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley. They should instead the prepare to register the fresh lot of migrants who will leave the Valley in the coming days if the situation is not taken care of in due course of time, the Samiti leader said.


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