Kashmiri Pandits Seek Justice For Terror-victims From Their Community

Kashmiri Pandits Seek Justice For Terror-victims From Their Community

14 June 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS), an organisation of Valley-based Kashmiri Pandits, on Thursday said it will approach the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir to seek prosecution of the persons responsible for the killing of 209 Kashmiri Pandits since 1990. 'We dispute the figure of 209 presented by the government. Still, we would approach the high court with the government's figures and seek prosecution of all those responsible for the killings,' Sanjay Kumar Tickoo, president KPSS, said. Tickoo said charge-sheets have been presented in 12 cases. 'But no one has been convicted. All other cases have been shown as untraced,' he said. 'For past two decades the government has failed to bring even a single accused to justice. Instead of following each case meticulously, Jammu and Kashmir police have described them untraced. We will seek reopening of all the cases, we will call for their reinvestigation and we will seek action against all those police officials who ordered closure of the cases as untraced.' In 2010, the state government had disclosed in the assembly that 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the past two decades. The figures revealed that 82 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in Srinagar, 16 in Budgam, 28 in Ganderbal, 11 in Baramulla, four in Kupwara, 28 in Anantang, four in Handwara, 17 in Kulgam and three in Awantipora. Tickoo said that for years together after migration from the Valley, the victims and witnesses of the cases were putting up in Jammu. 'But the police did not approach any of the relatives of the victims in the past two decades and allowed these cases to remain untraced,' he said. He added that families of the killed were not given any benefit under SRO 43, under which if a civilian dies as a result of militancy-related incident a member of his family is given a job on compassionate grounds. Tickoo said his organisation would take the case to the state human rights commission (SHRC) as well. 'We will not allow the state government or Jammu and Kashmir police to bury these killings under the pretext of untraced,' he said.