Stone Pelting On Pandit Employees Quarters

Stone Pelting On Pandit Employees Quarters

20 August 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Following the alleged stone pelting on the residential quarters of Kashmiri Pandit government employees at Hall in Pulwama, Hurriyat Conference (M) today appealed the people to defeat the designs of such elements who try to create hatred among various communities. Around 60 Pandit employees, recruited under the prime ministerís special employment package just two years, and their family members are residing in the quarters. They alleged that their quarters came under stone pelting last night after the communal tension in Kishtwar. The employees added that the youths were protesting against the local administrations for dismantling a shed which was illegally constructed in their area by some encroacher The Pandits and their families lodged a strong protest with the local authorities. Senior officials of police, security forces, civil administration and politicians reached the spot. They assured beefing up of the security in the area. Subsequently, the security arrangements were tightened. They Pandits said they had not faced any difficulty during last two years and this is for the first time that such an incident occurred. Terming the Pandits as an inalienable part of the Kashmiri society, Hurriyat Conference (M) today said the onus of providing protection to their life and property falls on majority community. In a statement, a spokesman of Hurriyat (M) strongly condemned the incident involving bullying of Pandits at Pulwama. He said that such acts were the doings of miscreants with communal bent of mind. Like in the case of Kishtwar, the spokesman said the same elements were trying hard to torn apart the communal bonhomie of Kashmiris and push the society into chaos and violence. Hurriyat (M) asked people to remain vigilant of such divisive forces. The party appealed both Muslims and Pandits communities to defeat the communal thinking behind such dastardly acts, adding, and maintain centuryís old tradition of communal bonhomie. Meanwhile, on the instructions of Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a high level delegation including Javiad Ahmad Mir and Hakim Abdul Rashid were on their way to Pulwama to express solidarity with the Pandit community, and later have to visit Shopian, when they were intercepted by police at Arihal and stopped from travelling further. The Hurriyat delegation strongly protested the police action. The delegates alleged that the pro-Indian political parties were hell bent to sabotage communal bonhomie of Kashmiris for petty vote bank politics.