Demanding a special investigation headed by a Supreme Court judge into various incidents of communal harassment of Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) living in the Valley, Ajay Chrungoo, chairman, Panun Kashmir, on Thursday claimed that the incidents of communal intimidation are at an alarming stage now as the radical Islamic movement is rearing its head all over the state again.
Addressing a press conference, Chrungoo said after communal clashes at Kishtwar, the transition camp at Haal, Pulwama, where KP employees have been housed, was subjected to stone pelting and the inmates were facing harassment.
Chrungoo, meanwhile, flayed the authorities for underplaying the incident. He added the authorities even denied help to those living on a temple premises even as they faced harassment in Srinagar city.
He said the complicity and abetment of the administration as well as the political forces operating in the state in this communal attrition needs to be investigated in depth to prevent any major human tragedy, which seems to be awaiting the besieged returnees of the Valley.
Chrungoo added that the damage to a temple in Handwara almost around the same time spoke about the new zeal with which communal forces have been working in the Valley.
He alleged that the abject powerlessness and inferiority in which Kashmiri Hindus have been placed in the state has only helped the proselytising enterprise as many conversions of Kashmiri Hindus to Islam have been reported from the Valley during the last one year.
Meanwhile, he also discussed the issue of erratic power and water supply to the Jagti camp. He flayed the NC-led government for delay in distribution of relief and ration. "The government machinery has failed to look into the problems of internally displaced community," he said.
Panun Kashmir appealed to the Centre to immediately transfer Kashmiri Hindu employees to Jammu and also take appropriate measures to correct the situation in the Jagti camp.
Others present on the occasion included MK Teng, chairman, Panun Kashmir Advisory Council, and Kuldeep Raina, general secretary, Panun Kashmir.