Panun Kashmir Flays Omar’s Tributes To July 13 Victims, Praises Dogra Rule13 July 2011
Srinagar: Flaying the chief minister and the government for eulogising the martyrs of July 13, the Panun Kashmir, an organisation claiming to speak for the valley’s Pandits, on Wednesday gave a new twist to its campaign for a separate homeland for the community, arguing that Dogra rule had been the only respite it had got from persecution since (the advent of Islam here) in the 14th century. “It (July 13)was a day when frenzied mobs in Srinagar attacked and looted the shops and houses of Kashmiri, Punjabi and Dogra Hindus,” the Panun Kashmir said about Martyrs’ Day when the then Dogra Maharaja’s troops gunned down over a score of defenceless Kashmiris during protests outside the city’s central jail in 1931. “The worst mob vandalism against the Kashmiri Pandit community was witnessed in Vicharnag, Maharaj Gunj, and other parts of Kashmir. As many as nine Pandits were done to death in Budgam-Kanikoot where scores of houses were looted, and one member of the community was killed in Vicharnag, one at Gan Khan and one at Maharaj Gunj,” it said. The outfit said that it had observed the “so-called Martyrs’ Day” as a Black Day to protest the government’s “persistent” efforts to call July 13 as Martyrs’ Day. “The Kashmiri Pandits who were killed at the hands of frenzied mobs have been left unrecorded and unsung, by the state authorities, while their tormentors are continuously eulogised by the mainstream political parties of the valley,” the outfit quoted its convenor, Dr. Agnishekhar, as having said. “After a brief lull of 123 years of Dogra rule during which the Pandit community had felt somewhat relieved of the persecution since the 14th century, it had again to face persecution from this day in 1931 till date,” Dr. Agnishekhar was quoted as having said.