209 Pandits Killed In 18 Years

1 May 2008

Srinagar: While propaganda has been unleashed that massacres were carried out in Kashmir to wipe out the Kashmiri Pandit community in last 18 years of conflict, the facts speak otherwise. Sources said that in past 18 years only 209 Pandits have been killed in Kashmir valley. Sources said, in only 21 cases challan have been produced while in rest of the cases police in FIRs and reports have mentioned that unidentified militants have killed them. In once case pertaining to killing of HN Wancho the court has convicted the accused. The report is corroborated by a news story carried out by NDTV on Thursday. Quoting police sources, NDTV reported that only 209 members of Pundit community have been killed in the Valley since 1989 and FIRs are registered in all these cases. But the report says that in 90 percent of the cases, the culprits are still untraced. A Pandit organization recently knocked the doors of State Human Rights Commission seeking the CBI probe into the “massacres” of Pandits. Pandits left the valley en masse immediately after the militancy broke out in early 90s-a migration which Kashmiris believe was triggered at the behest of the then State Governor Jagmohan. Even some Pandit organizations and pro-India politicians are on record to say that Jagmohan planned the evacuation of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley. A human rights activist while commenting on the issue said, “Killing of any innocent is condemnable. But at a place where nearly one lakh Kashmiri Muslims have died as a result of presence of over 7,00,000 troops, how can Pandits claim that massacres were carried out to wipe out them. Are deaths of one lakh Kashmiris so insignificant that they do not even merit a mention?” “It is a propaganda launched by fanatic Hindu organizations to defame the Kashmiris. Let international probe be ordered in every massacre carried out in Kashmir and facts will come forward. Massacres were carried out by Indian troops at Gaw Kadal, Batamloo, Zakura Crossing, Hawal, Sopur, Bijbehara and at countless places where hundreds of Kashmiris were killed,” he added.