BJP demands constitution of commission to probe genocide of Kashmiri Pandits

BJP President, Ravinder Raina and K P leaders lighting the lamp at Chetna Divas function at Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
BJP President, Ravinder Raina and K P leaders lighting the lamp at Chetna Divas function at Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Glowing tributes paid to martyr Prem Nath Bhat

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 27: In a significant development Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today joined the kashmiri Pandits in demanding constitution of a commission of inquiry and issuing of white paper on the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits who under a conspiracy were forced to leave the Valley in 1989-1990.
The demand was made none else than BJP State president and former MLA Ravinder Raina while addressing the Chetna Divas function at Abhinav Theatre here organized in memory of Martyr Prem Nath Bhat who laid down his life on this day in 1989 at his hometown Anantnag for possessing an ideology which was not suited to fanatics.
The function was organized by Pt Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust and Raina was the chief guest on the occasion. While paying glowing tributes to late leader, he termed him a great patriot and Swayamsevak. Referring to Supreme Court Judgment in anti Sikh riots of 1984 which was also termed as genocide of Sikh community, Raina said 1989 was also a genocide aimed at ethnic cleansing of peace loving and nationalist Hindus from Valley.
He said a probe needs to be done that who were the forces responsible for the same.
Raina said that he will write a letter to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in this regard demanding a special Commission of Inquiry be constituted to identify the forces who were responsible for genocide and ethnic cleansing of Pandis.
He also extended full support to the Passage of Shrines and Temples Bill a long pending demand of the KP community and said it will be major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) for return of the community. He also said BJP is committed to implementation of PM package in letter and spirit.
Raina, while recalling the role of Pandits said the sacrifices given by Tika Lal Taploo, Prem Nath Bhat and other nationalist people in Valley or recent sacrifices by Parihar brothers in Kishtwar for the national cause are inspiration for us and these martyrs will always remain alive in our hearts.
Addressing the function Cap (retd) Tej Tickoo president AIKS, said that there is no compromise by Pandits on their demand to return to their homeland Kashmir. He said community will struggle for this till last breath and the last man who survives in this struggle will return while scoffing off the oft repeated statements by the politicians and other vested interests that the community is not ready to return.
He said though democracy is the Government by majority but it is the duty of every democratic government to protect the minorities and in the Pandits case Government has failed completely.
Swami Kumar Ji while highlighting the role of the Trust asked community members to be ready for the massive struggle.
Pardeep Khudbali a well known writer while reading the community paper accused the successive governments of betraying the KPs. He said Government failed to punish the terrorists responsible for mass killing of community members in the Valley and unmask the conspiracy behind it. Some of them (terrorists) are moving scot free even today, he added.
He expressed dismay over the failure of Government in passage of Temples and Shrine Bill and implementation of PM package over the years.
On the occasion martyr Surinder Kumar Raina of Tulmulla in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir who was killed by terrorists in 1990 and Parihar bothers who attained martyrdom in Kishtwar last month were presented Pt Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Samman posthumously. The award was received by their family members.
The stage was managed by Virender Raina of Panun Kashmir who also read the welcome address while citations of martyrs were read by Surinder Koul and Shadi Lal Koul Raes respectively. The vote of thanks was proposed by Roshan Lal Pandita chairman of the Trust.