Kashmiri Pandit Employees In Valley Perform Unique Yoga


KO File Photo By Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Kashmiri Pandit employees on Tuesday adopted a novel way of using yoga to highlight their demand for relocation out of Kashmir in the wake of recent attacks on minorities in the valley.

The Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees, who have been protesting since the killing of Rahul Bhat on May 12, observed the International Day of Yoga at their camp site at Sheikhpora Migrant Colony in Budgam. The protesting employees performed various asanas and raised slogans like “we want justice” instead of the vedic chants associated with the practice. While some of these employees pasted placards in support of their demands on their torso, several others wore T-shirts bearing photographs of Bhat.

“We have been sitting here in protest everyday and today through this programme, we want to convey our demand to the state government,” one of the employees said.

On Monday, the KP employees had threatened to appeal to international human rights organisations for asylum if the central government failed to relocate them from the Valley.

The employees, recruited under PM Package, have been protesting since the death of one of their colleagues Rahul Bhat. Bhat was killed inside his office in Chadoora area of Budgam district.

Rajni Bala, a government school teacher from the minority community, was also shot dead by militants at her school in Kulgam district.

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