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Pandits question Govt sincerity

On the Human Rights Day, the Kashmir Pandits blamed the state government and New Delhi for the indifference towards the community and failing to protect their basic rights, reports HT correspondent.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2006 21:44 IST

On the Human Rights Day, the displaced Kashmir Pandits on Sunday blamed the state government and New Delhi for the indifference towards the community and failing to protect their basic rights.

Panun Kashmir, the frontal organisation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, on Sunday installed a huge granite plaque at the Jiopota bank of the river Chenab at Akhnoor, paying tributes to the Kashmir Pandits who were killed when militancy broke out in the state in early nineties and lost their lives during the past 16-years of their displacement.

Speaking on the occasion Panun Kashmir convenor Agnishekhar said that his organisation rejects the government recommendations for the rehabilitation of the Kashmir Pandits in and outside the valley.

He appealed to the human rights organisations like the Amnesty International to come to the community's rescue. "Let they come and see the genocide in the migrant camps," Agnishekhar said adding that the community members living in the displacement camps were living in sub-human conditions.

On the occasion, the Kashmir Pandit poets also paid tributes to the slain community members through their verses.

Meanwhile, another organisation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits, Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM), staged a sit-in protest demonstration at Dogra Chowk in Jammu. PKM later submitted a memorandum to the UN Observers Group Chief of the Mission seeking the United Nations involvement in protecting the religious minorities in the conflict-hit state.

PKM president Ashwani Chrangoo said that the state was implementing a policy of "apartheid" against the Kashmir Pandits. He sought safeguarding of the rights of his community members. "We should be made party in the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute," Chrangoo said.

Vinod Pandita, president All Parties Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC), an amalgam of 18 displaced Kashmir Pandit organisations, said that the state as well as New Delhi was hell-bent on eroding the ethnicity of the Pandits. "This is reflected in the patterns followed by the government in keeping the Kashmir Pandit youth away from the government jobs and other financial packages in the state," Pandita said.

First Published: Dec 10, 2006 21:44 IST