Kishtwar Riots Part Of New Terrorism Strategy: Civil Society

Kishtwar Riots Part Of New Terrorism Strategy: Civil Society

25 August 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: Kishtwar riots were not merely the outcome of an altercation between two individuals, but part of the deep rooted conspiracy hatched from across the border to force migration of minorities from the erstwhile Doda district, these were the observations made by the speakers at a seminar on “Kishtwar -Reminiscent of Kashmir 1931” here today. The panelists in the seminar, organised by the J&K Civil Society, included Member of Legislative Assembly, Ashwani Sharma, Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader and MLA, Balwant Singh Mankotia and BJP state chief spokesperson and columnist, Dr. Jitendra Singh. Others, who participated in the debate, included Prof. R L Kaul, an expert on Kashmir, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo from Panun Kashmir, Deeneshwar Singh Jamwal and Virender Raina. The speakers observed that Kishtwar riots were part of the new strategy of “agitational terrorism” being adopted by those who have been giving directions to the terrorists from across the border. They observed that the new strategy has been put in place to terrorise the minorities of the area, who have not fled their homes despite number of carnages. The speakers expressed their shock and dismay at the violence perpetrated on the hapless minority community in Kishtwar. They said that the systematic manner in which the shops, houses and other properties of the minority community were burnt and vandalised was a reminiscent of the happenings of 1931 in Kashmir. The minorities of Kashmir were similarly subjected to violence and mayhem on a large scale, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction, speakers said while pointing out at the happenings of 1931. The same day was later officially designated as the martyrs’ day, adding insult to the injury of the minority, they claimed. The so called martyrs’ day was thrust upon the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions, who have painful memories of this day, they said. The speakers alleged that Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, the Minister of state for Home, who was camping in Kishtwar when the riots took place, instead of acting against the perpetrators watched the carnage as a mute spectator. They were also critical of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, saying that he tried to convince the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha that there were losses and injuries on both the sides. Omar Abdullah simply justified what he should have condemned and controlled, they said. Meanwhile, a resolution was moved for the formation of a five-member civil society delegation to visit Kishtwar for an on the spot assessment of situation and to know the exact course of events that took place on the fateful day. The resolution was passed by a voice vote. However, the date of the visit was not finalised.