Amid curfew, Muslims perform last rites of Pandit woman

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Srinagar: The family of Deepak Malhotra, a Kashmiri Pandit of Sheikh Mohalla, Maharaj Gunj, in the old Srinagar, is one of the thousands of families of Kashmiri Pandits who refused to leave Kashmir valley in 1990s despite adverse conditions.

They say they preferred to bear the brunt of the situation that fellow Kashmiri Muslims have been bearing, sharing their good and bad times for past three decades and in return have retained the communal bond and affection.

On Saturday when the city was reeling under curfew, Deepak Malhotra’s ageing mother passed away. Despite severe restrictions in place, the entire neighbourhood, almost all Muslims, came out of their homes to console the family and performed the last rites of the deceased lady. 

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under house arrest for the past eight days, even sent a condolence message. He expressed sorrow over the death of Deepak Malhotra’s mother and expressed sympathy and solidarity with the Malhotra family.

 

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