Civil society takes out candle march for paying tributes to Kishtwar martyrs

Civil society taking out candle march in Udhampur.
Civil society taking out candle march in Udhampur.

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Apr 14: A large number of people under the banner of Civil Society Udhampur today took out a candle march at Gole Market here to pay rich tributes to the Kishtwar Martyrs Chander Kant Sharma, Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar.
The candle march started from Fountain Chowk and after passing through Gole market area, culminated at Fountain Chowk, where tributes were paid to the Parihar brothers and Chander Kant Sharma who were killed by some unidentified gunman in Kishtwar. Social activist Vikram Slathia, Sunil Kumar, Dr Vikram Gulati, Pardeep Bakshi, Arun Gupta, Rajan Sharma spoke on the occasion.
Lauding Parihar brothers and Chander Kants’ courageous role ever since 1990’s in raising voice against militancy and preventing migration of minorities, speakers said that they symbolized a crusade and a cause which has gained further momentum with their killing.
Speaking on the occasion, Civil Society member Ranjit and Parvesh Parihar strongly condemned the selective killing of minority community members Anil Parihar, Ajit Parihar and Chander Kant Sharma by terrorist in broad day light and termed it total failure on the part of civil and police administration. They said that it is quite amazing that due to laxity of police and administration, situation is being created to force minority to migrate from the area.
They added that despite the killing of Parihar brothers in November, Government didn’t take any lesson and no concrete steps were taken to strengthen the security which resulted into killing of Chader Kant Sharma thus creating fear psychosis among minority living in Kishtwar. They added that Six months have passed but there is no breakthrough in Parihar brothers killing, being investigated by NIA.
Rajan Sharma demanded overhauling of Police and Civil administration as there are sleeper cells of terrorists sitting inside Government machinery which are helping anti social and anti national elements. Speakers demanded crack down to nab militants involved in killings, implementation of AFSA, strengthening of SOG, intelligence agencies, strengthening of VDC’S, installation of CRPF bunkers and installation of CCTV at vital points of city and entry and exit points of Kishtwar.
They also demanded dignified compensation of Rs 50 lakhs each for Kishtwar martyrs and Government job for their kin so that faith among minorities could be restored.