Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Kashmiri Pandits to protest against Jammu and Kashmir government over Shrines

A committee of Kashmiri Pandits today said they would protest against Jammu and Kashmir government for failing to accede to their six demands including passing of the pending Temples and Shrines Bill and a probe into alleged encroachment of temple land in the Valley.
The All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee, an amalgam of several political and social organizations, will hold a protest demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on June 4 in support of their six-points charter of demands, APMCC Chairman Vinod Pandit told reporters here. Pandit claimed the state government had "cheated" them on two previous occasions by making false assurances of addressing their six demands, but nothing was done about it. "I went on hunger strike twice in the past to press for the demands-- once on 10-day long fast in Jammu in 2011 and a 15-day long hunger strike in Porbandar. On both the occasions the JK government assured that they would address the demands but nothing fruitful came before us," Pandit alleged. The six points charter of demands include passing of the pending Kashmir Temples and Shrines Bill in state Assembly, probe into the multi-crore temples and shrines land encroachment in Kashmir, dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Mata Shardha Peet Temple in PoK (Pakistan), establishment of Mata Sharda Peet University in JK, one time compensation for over-aged Migrant Kashmiri Hindu Youth and special employment package for non-migrant Hindus of Kashmir.