KPs concern over encroachment of shrines land in Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 12: All India Migrant Camps Coordination Committee (AIMCCC) today in a meeting expressed serious concern over the encroachment of land belonging to displaced Pandits and their religious places in Valley.
Addressing the meeting, president of the organization, Desh Rattan Pandita has accused the Government of its total failure in protecting the migrants left over property in Valley despite enforcement of the law for protection of their property way back in 1997. He said thousands kanals of land has been encroached in different districts in Valley which is a cause of concern for the community and Government has been a silent spectator to this all.
He urged the Government to restore the migrants entire immovable property encroached in Valley as well as the land of their shrines. Even some Government departments have illegally occupied the land and property of Pandits in Valley, he alleged.
He said that no solution to Kashmir issue is possible without KPs who are its main stakeholders.
He also sought the intervention of Lt Governor into the matter. B K Raina, M N Kant and others were also present in the meeting.
Meanwhile a group of KP social activists led by Dr Ramesh Bhat and M K Pandita has urged the BJP leadership to take up the issue of encroachment of land belonging to religious places of KPs in Valley with Government and ensure its immediate restoration.
A delegation of these activists also met BJP general secretary, Ashok Kaul and took up the issue with him. The delegation demanded that there should be a legal mechanism for the protection of Shrines and Temples of Pandits in Valley and the demand put forth by Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT) in this regard for passage of Shrines and Temples Bill should be given a practical shape for the preservation and upkeep of all Hindu shrines and religious places in Valley.
The delegation said the condition of these shrines is very bad and their properties have been encroached by some vested elements over 30 years of turmoil and Government should put a mechanism in place to protect them as these religious places are linked to thousands years of cultural heritage of Pandits and they represent the Hindu civilization of Kashmir whose protection and preservation is must for the posterity.