Lashkar-a-Shivba to train Hindus, VDC members to fight militants
30 September 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: To co-operate the security forces in eliminating Pak sponsored terrorists and infuse a sense of confidence among the Hindu populous in militancy infested Jammu and Kashmir, ‘Lashkar-a-Shivba’, a newly formed hard-line Hindu outfit, has announced to send its volunteers in the the State, particularly in Valley. Talking to mediapersons, here today, Prof Anil Holsamudrakar, a founder members of the outfit, said that the activists of Lashkar-a-Shivba will train the nationalist Hindu youths and Village Defence Committee members to fight with militants. However, he did not elaborate on the kind of training being given to Hindu youths and only said,''we believe in tit for tat and thus appropriate training will be given to youths so that they can fight with armed militants. ''Our objective is not only to eliminate Pak sponsored militants from the State but also to liberate Pak occupied Kashmir,'' he said. Prof Holsamudrakar claimed the support of other Hindu organisations like Rashtriya Swayamsevek Sangh, Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad in their said mission but ruled out any affiliation with any political outfit. The Hindu leader also sought to clarify that Lashkar-a-Shivba believes in ‘Sarav-dharam-sambhav’ (equality for all) and was not against any religion. Proposing a solution to solve the vested Kashmir problem, he suggested trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir State and favoured Statehood to Jammu and union territory status to Ladakh. However, he did not support the demand for creation of separate homeland for Kashmiri Pandits and said that whole Kashmir region should be handed over to Army which would bring peace in area and make situation conducive for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homes in the Valley. Replying to a query, Prof Holsamudrakar said his outfit was not against the Government’s initiative to hold peace talks with the militants but, he stressed, no compromise should be made on the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Alleging discrimination with Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir, another founder member of the outfit Dr Ravi Acharya said that they have visited a number of migrant camps, Kashmiri as well as border migrants, in the State during the last one month and found that even basic facilities were not being provided to these people. ''We visited Pallanwalla, Devipur and other such areas and found that the migrants are not being provided adequate relief by the State Government,'' he alleged. The Lashkar-a-Shivba leader also demanded the Dismissal of Farooq Government and imposition of Governor’s rule in the State.