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KPs condemn stone-pelting, demand security;PMEP employees warn to quit jobs

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JAMMU: Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday condemned stone-pelting on minorities demanding immediate deployment of army around temples and KP employees’ colonies in the Valley.
They also alleged that the community was under grave fear and threat in the Valley and said they will take out a rally protesting against the ruling dispensation in the State. “We are caught in Katayani temple complex in Kulgam along with families and children. We were subjected to stone pelting by a mob,” All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) Chairman Vinod Pandit said.
Pandit, who had gone to Kashmir to hold a Yajna at the temple complex on 12th July said that we are fearing for living, no one is coming to our rescue including police and other officials despite repeated requests.
“We were subjected to stone pelting during night at Haal KP employees colony. Our vehicles were damaged. We are fearing for our lives and that of families, women and children,” an employee at Haal colony said.
Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj, R.K Bhat hit out at the state government and police and announced a protest rally here to press for the elaborate security around minority places in Kashmir.
All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) condemned the stone-pelting incidents, saying, “Government should give fool proof security to all KPs living and working there under PM’s package. The administration will be responsible for any type of security lapses and it should provide adequate security to all temples in the Valley”.
The KP Sabha, an apex body of KPs in Jammu, also condemned the incidents.
“In view of the previous experience that soft targets are attacked to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra the security should have been beefed up at all such vulnerable places beforehand”, Kashmiri Pandit Sabha President K K Khosa said.
Several other organisations including Panun Kashmir, Radha Krishan Ganjoo Foundation Trust, Sharika Peeth Sanastha, Zeishta Devi Prabandik Committee (ZDPC), Samaji Vikas Sasthan, PSMICT Martand, Pulwama Temple Panel, Manzgam Temple Committee, Tripursundri Temple Asthapan and Jammu and Kashmir Nationalist Movement also condemned these incidents.
Meanwhile, ASKPC under the chairmanship of its President Advocate Ravinder Raina held a meeting and appealed to the State Government for taking immediate steps to ensure safety of all Kashmiri Pandits in and around Kashmir Valley. C.L Bhat Vice President ASKPC said that such administrative lapses and failures cause a shadow of doubt on the tall promises and plans of the State Government of rehabilitating Pandits in Kashmir.
Dr T.K Bhat General Secretary of Organisation also spoke and said that tweets of NC Working President Omar Abdullah over the killing of a dreaded militant exposes his parties ideology. He also blamed state for his unpreparedness to handle security situations which immediately resulted in cancellation of Amarnath Yatra. S K Raina, Ravi Raina, Veena Gurtoo, B.K Handoo and R K Wangnoo also voiced their concern over the safety and security of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmiri Valley.
Meanwhile, the employees appointed under Prime Minister’s Employment Package (PMEP) in Valley strongly condemned the repeated incidents of stone pelting at migrant transit camp Hall, Pulwama and urged the Centre and State Government to ensure safety of all Kashmiri Pandits working across Valley.
In a meeting held here today, the employees said that despite their repeated requests to successive governments to provide adequate security to Pandit and other employees working in valley but unfortunately no heed was paid to them and with the result they come under frequent attacks of stone pelters and anti social elements.
They warned that if no measures were taken in this regards they would be forced to quit their jobs, adding that they can’t leave under constant fear since their life under such circumstances has virtually turned hell.
Vociferously condemning night long stone throwing at Hall migrant transit camp which has not only damaged vehicles and residential quarters of employees but also made their lives vulnerable, the aggrieved employees demanded immediate evacuation of Hall employees to Jammu since their family members are worried after lost communication with their children.
Those attended the meet included Rakesh Pandita, Vimal Raina, Rubon Saproo, Rakesh Fotedar, Rakesk Koul, Deepak Kanna, Raj Raina, Surinder Raina, Vijay Pandit , Vimal Pandita and others.

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