Saturday, October 29, 2016

Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) Letter to Prime Minister - Security Concern of Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley

NB: A petrol bomb was thrown last evening (Oct 28) on a Kashmiri Pandit's house in Kulgam in south Kashmir. The handful of Pandits in south Kashmir, especially, have been feeling very threatened after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. In several cases, policemen guarding Pandit camps have been attacked and their weapons snatched. Repeated requests to PMO and HMO from the local Pandit activist, Sanjay Tickoo, have gone unheeded. 

Please see the latest appeal to Mr. Modi by Sanjay Tickoo. It is the government's responsibility in Kashmir - and elsewhere in the country - to protect and ensure the safety of the minorities. In 1990, the government utterly failed to do so, leading to the mass exodus of the Pandit community. This time as well, the current government has shown no interest so far to provide adequate security to the minority Pandits. If any member of the minority community in Kashmir is harmed, the blood will be on the government's hands Rahul Pandita

To: The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Union of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi - 110011

Subject: Security Concern of Minorities (Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits) living in Kashmir Valley

Esteemed Sir,
With reference to the subject cited above it is most humbly submitted as under:

As per government records nearly 808 Kashmiri Pandit families are living in Kashmir Valley after the mass exodus of KP Community after 1990 armed uprising in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. These families are living at different places in the Kashmir Valley and till date these families were provided security from the State Government by creating “Minority Security Pickets” close to the KP dwellings. 

Though, in Kashmir real security to life is only in the hands of God Himself, but for presumed security these “Minority Security Pickets” are playing a big role and is one of the basic Security Confidence to the Minorities living in Valley. But after the encounter of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani, this security cover is withdrawn at most of the places, making the minorities more vulnerable for any untoward Security mishaps. Either this is being done deliberately to create Security panic in the minds of minorities and they leave Kashmir of their own or there is some under-cover agenda to pave ways for another massacre of the Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley.

It may not be out of place to mention here that after the encounter of Burhan Wani, the count of militants in Kashmir Valley has increased many folds and are causing threat to the security of the State as well as to the minorities living in Kashmir Valley.

As such, it is requested to review the decision of withdrawal of Security to the minorities living in Kashmir Valley at an earliest and a further request that the security be re-install at all the places with additional man force, else it will be clear that some conspiracy with malafide intentions is being hatched against this miniscule community living in Kashmir Valley.

Yours faithfully
Sanjay K. Tickoo
President, Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS)

Copy to the:
Hon’ble Chief Minister, State of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar