Kashmiri Hindus Ask Indian Troops To Leave Temples

1 April 2009
Etalaat News Service

Srinagar: The non-migrant Kashmiri Hindus, locally called Pandits, are asking Indian troops protecting their temples to leave. According to Sanjay Tikoo, convener of the Pandit organization Kashmiri Pandit Sanghrash Samiti, as saying troopers should move out of their places of worship and other property, for their presence is troubling every individual irrespective of religion and region. The demand for demilitarization of temples was raised during a photo exhibition organized by the Pandit organization showcasing ruins of religious places in India-controlled Kashmir, said newspaper. This is for the first time in the last two decades of violence that such a demand has come in this restive region. Majority of Kashmiri Hindus had to migrate to India in early 1990s in the wake of the outbreak of an armed insurgency against New Delhi's rule in Kashmir. However, some stayed braving fear despite all odds. The properties left behind by the Hindu community, including their temples, were occupied by troops for protection.