Government Probes Regarding Pandit Killings Flawed: KPSS

Srinagar: A Valley based Kashmiri Pandits’ body Wednesday claimed that investigation with regard to the killing of 23 Kashmiri Panidts at Wandhama village of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district was imperfect and the probe report was a distorted one.

“Nineteen years have passed since when on 25th January, 1998, some gunmen killed 23 Kashmiri Pandits at Wandhama, Ganderbal and till date these gunmen are “unidentified” in the records of investigation. Not a single person stands booked or identified by the people who are responsible to maintain law and order in this State. Though FIR stands registered in this but is gathering dust due to deliberate inactiveness of the Police Department and faulty investigation which bore no result at all,” President Kashmiri Pandit Sangharash Smiti Sanjay Tickoo said adding that on the same day in the year 1990, a massacre took place in Handwara main Chowk when thousands of people gathered to condemn the Gow Kadal Massacre which took place on 21st of January, 1990.

“It took KPSS ten long years to understand why the perpetrators choose 25th of January, 1998 to take revenge of Handwara Massacre from the Indian Establishment by killing 23 Kashmiri Pandits in Wandhama. Though the victims of Wandhama Massacre were in no way involved in any sort of violence against the majority Community but they paid price for doing of Indian Establishment in Handwara,” he said.

“It is an irony that every case pertaining to the Kashmiri Pandit killing in Kashmir is closed for want of evidences and the persons till date remained “un-identified” or the investigation was deliberately done so weakly or faulty that the culprits were set free for the lack of evidences,” Tickoo said.

He said that according to Government figures there are nearly 110 FIRs filed in different Police Stations for the killing of 219 Kashmiri Pandits since 1989, but till date the killers of this miniscule community are not brought to justice.      

He added that as per the survey and detailed verification of the incidents nearly 670 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by these gunmen and out of which nearly 452 were killed till November, 1990 only which forced a fear ridden minuscule community to leave the Kashmir to save lives.”

Tickoo according to news agency CNS said that neither any Government authority or any Civil Society Forum of Kashmir Valley took up the issue seriously so that the perpetrators could be booked and brought to justice; but on the contrary, these perpetrators are having the patronage of the leaders from main-stream or separatist camps and do politics on the return of Kashmiri Pandits. (CNS)

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