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Tons of of fear-stricken Kashmiri Pandits left the Valley for Hindu-majority Jammu district on Friday even because the Centre turned down their demand of relocation. Amid this, a distinguished Pandits’ physique, the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS), in an open letter to the J&Okay Chief Justice, sought his intervention to permit frightened Pandits to go away the Valley. 

Scores of autos, carrying Pandit staff and their households, left the Valley early within the morning from the Pandit transit colonies in south Kashmir’s Mattan and Vessu, Srinagar’s Sheikhpora and north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara.

Kashmiri Pandits dwelling on the Mattan transit colony in Anantnag claimed that over 80 per cent of the households left for Jammu since June 1. “We get to listen to solely hole assurances from the administration. We don’t really feel secure after the latest killings. Out of the 96 households dwelling within the Mattan colony, solely a dozen are left behind. They too will go away this place in coming days,” stated a Pandit worker, on the situation of anonymity.

A majority of the 250 Pandit staff dwelling in rented lodging in Mattan space employed autos earlier than dawn and moved to Jammu district, which is round 290 km away from the Kashmir Valley.

“There’s back-to-back killings within the Valley. The killings of a schoolteacher and a financial institution supervisor have shattered our religion within the safety system. Our solely demand is to relocate the workers outdoors Kashmir until the scenario improves. Posting staff to district headquarters received’t assist or defend them,” stated a protesting Pandit in south Kashmir’s Mattan camp.  

The Jagti camp in Jammu, which was arrange within the Nineteen Nineties, acquired 120 Pandit households from north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts previously 24 hours.

“The killing of Pandits has not stopped since 1990. Within the Nineteen Nineties, we knew the place there was a higher diploma of risk to life. This time we aren’t positive which place is secure,” Sunil, a Pandit worker, stated. 

One unofficial estimate steered that over 300 Pandits had reached Jammu previously two days. Nonetheless, the federal government has neither confirmed nor denied the stories of mass migration of Pandits from the Valley.

In the meantime, Sanjay Okay. Tickoo, president of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, a physique of Kashmiri Pandits who didn’t go away the Valley within the Nineteen Nineties, has written a letter to the J&Okay Chief Justice. “Each member of the non secular minority is below direct risk from the terrorists working in Kashmir Valley. The Union Territory and the Central administration have didn’t safe their lives. The Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus need to go away Kashmir Valley however the authorities will not be permitting them to go away. Some blue-eyed individuals who’ve entry to the ability corridors managed the posting of their kith and kin outdoors the Kashmir Valley,” Mr. Tickoo stated within the letter.

He stated it was a transparent violation of the best to life, which is assured below Article 21 of the Structure of India, that on the one hand, the administration failed to guard their lives and then again, it doesn’t allow them to go away the Kashmir Valley in order that they will defend their lives.

“My plea must be accepted as a public curiosity litigation because the lives of the non secular minorities are at stake because of the unethical and callous method from the UT and the Central administration. The UT and the Central authorities must be directed to maneuver or relocate non secular minorities dwelling in Kashmir Valley,” Mr. Tickoo stated.

He demanded an investigation into all of the focused killings previously eight months in Kashmir. “All of the officers and officers whose involvement or lapse is proved within the preliminary allegations must be suspended with none additional delay. A Particular Investigation Crew (SIT) must be constituted to submit its report inside a stipulated time and it must be monitored by the Excessive Court docket,” he added.

An imam, through the Friday sermon in Anantnag’s Jamia Masjid, condemned the killings of members of the minority neighborhood. He appealed to the members of the bulk to denounce the focused assaults and protect the minority neighborhood.  

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Trade (KCC&I), a distinguished physique of native businessmen, has termed the bloodshed of harmless civilians “unacceptable and in opposition to humanity”. “It goes in opposition to the essential spirit and idea of Kashmiriyat. The office-bearers of Kashmir’s largest commerce physique are deeply shocked and distressed on the killing spree over the previous few weeks. This has dented the picture of Kashmir once more and is in opposition to its cultural ethos,” a KCCI spokesman stated.

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