Kashmiri Pandits demand ban on sale of beef in Kashmir
The Kashmiri Pandits' Sangharsh Samiti, a group of Kashmiri Pandits who stayed back in the Valley, has called for a ban on sale of beef in the region.
"The KPSS is feeling aghast over the silent approach of the state administration, particularly of the municipality health officers, who do not take any action against the beef shops functioning openly in Srinagar and across Kashmir Valley," said Sanjay Tikkoo, president of the organisation.
In a statement, the organisation alleged that the state government, with the help of "unscrupulous" elements in the Kashmiri society, was "deliberately" indulging in such activities to make the community members feel insecure on socio-religious grounds.
"As the situation in Kashmir is improving from the security point-of-view, unscrupulous elements are now using other tactics to harm the solidarity by opening beef shops in the areas where Kashmiri Pandits are still residing, to hurt our religious feelings and to promote enmity between classes and communities, so that the peace that is developing is breached. These acts are a malicious attempt to insult the religious beliefs of the Kashmiri Pandits," the statement read.
Questioning the Srinagar municipal corporation, the organisation alleged, "How are the authorities allowing these people to slaughter, process and sell beef in the city when in a reply to the RTI filed by the KPSS on February 19 last year, it was clearly stated that the SMC has not given any permission or license for slaughtering or sale of beef within the city municipal limits?"
Sale of beef is forbidden in the state and punishable under the Ranbir Penal Code.