BJP MLC demands probe into attack on Kashmiri Pandit colony in Kupwara

In July, Kashmiri Pandit employees under PM's special employment package migrated to Jammu after their transit colonies were attacked.

Jammu: BJP legislator Surinder Ambardar on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into the stone-pelting incidents at the transit camp of Kashmiri Pandits in Kupwara on Wednesday.

"The reports of mob attack on the Nutnusa Kashmiri Pandit Migrant Camp in Kupwara, Kashmir are disturbing.I condemn it and demand a thorough judicial probe of the incident" BJP MLC, Surinder Ambardar said.

Earlier in July, Kashmiri Pandit employees posted under Prime Minister's special employment package in Kashmir migrated to Jammu after their transit colonies in Vessu (Kulgam), Mattan (Anantnag), Nutnasu (Kupwara), Baramulla, Haal (Pulwama) and Sheikhpora (Budgam)were attacked as protests erupted in the Valley in the aftermath of militant commander Burhan Wani's encounter killing.

Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations in Jammu came out in support of the community and condemned the incidents.

Terming the incident of stone pelting as a deep rooted conspiracy to "halt" the rehabilitation of the community in the valley, the All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee

(APMCC) has said the attack vindicates its stand that minorities are not safe in the valley.

"It’s a conspiracy of the separatists and others to halt the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandit community in the Kashmir valley, we want a proper probe a judicial enquiry into the incident," Vinod Pandit Chairman APMCC said.

"The attack vindicates our stand that minorities are not safe in Kashmir, it also vindicates the stand of over 1600 employees from the community who have refused to return to valley to join their jobs after their transit camps were attacked," he said.

Another organisation of Pandits, Sampooran Kashmir, said the life and property of these community members working there are not safe.

"We have extended our support to the protesting employees in Jammu and that nobody can force them to return to valley, where their life and property are not safe. We demand that the government of India and the state government must immediately release the salaries of these protesting employees," Anoop Kaul chairman of the Sampooran Kashmir said.

Reacting to the incident, King Bharti, president of the Citizens for Peace and Harmony said minorities in Kashmir have become the major sufferers of the ongoing unrest that was triggered after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

Bharti demanded the state government to immediately release a compensation of Rs 5 Lakh to each employee whose residence was attacked and looted by the mob during the unrest.

"Failure to put balm on the wounds of the Kashmiri Pandit community would force the entire community to come on roads."

( Source : PTI )
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