KPs pay glowing tribute to Taploo, other martyrs

KPs paying tribute to martyrs at Jammu on Balidan Diwas on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Excelsior Rakesh

PK for reversal of genocide

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Various programmes were organised by Kashmiri Pandits to observe 33rd Balidan Day today.
The main programme was organised by Panun Kashmir which held a day long convention here and paid glowing tribute to the martyrs. Those who paid tribute to martyrs and endorsed their support to carving out of a separate homeland on North East of river Jehlum during their speech in the convention included Lt Col (retd) Ashok Kini honorary president of Vishwa Sarswath Federation. Madhu Purnima Kishwar academician and commentator, Neeraj Atri president of National Centre for Historical Research comparative Studies, Chandigarh, Ankur Sharma founder of Ikkjutt Jammu and Capt (retd) S K Tickoo.
Dr Ajay Chrungoo chairman PK while paying tribute to Tika Lal Taploo who attained martyrdom on this day and other martyrs who laid down their lives over the years of turmoil reiterated that the only solution to Kashmir issue is carving out of a separate homeland as per Margdarshan resolution of 1991 on North East of river Jehlum. He said not only PK but entire community has realised that except homeland Kashmiri Pandits return to Valley is not possible.
Shailender Aima vice chairman PK conducted proceedings while those who spoke included Pyare Lal Koul Budgami veteran Trade Union and senior KP leader, Bihari Lal organising secretary PK, Kuldeep Riana general secretary, PK and vote of thanks was proposed by Daya Krishan Kaoul vice chairman PK.
On the occasion five resolutions were passed which among other things said that notwithstanding the claims of Government genocide of Hindus still continues in Kashmir, extended full support to package employees struggle and their relocation to Jammu, reiterated demand for carving out of separate UT for reversal of genocide and supported the demand of separate State for Jammu. It also opposed the reverting back of J&K to State.
The Martyrs Day was also observed by Mata Bhaderkali Trust Asthapan Thalwal Jammu where a large number of people and social activists participated and paid tribute to martyrs. The family members of martyrs planted trees in the memory of martyrs in the premises of the Asthapan. Earlier Pooja session was held in memory of martyrs at Bhader Ghat.
BJP general secretary (Org) Ashok Kaul, Party spokesperson and senior member of the Trust Girdhari Lal Raina, Chand Bhat, Hira Lal Bhat, M L Bhat, senior leaders of BJP and Kuldeep Raina of Samajik Vikas Sanstha were among others who paid tribute. The programme was organised by Raj Kumar and vote of thanks was given by Dilip Kumar.
Kashmiri Pandit Sabha (KPS) also held a meeting to pay tribute to Tika Lal Taploo and other martyrs here today. The members expressed dismay that in spite of passing three decades the conditions in Kashmir are not conducive for return of displaced Pandits to Valley. A condolence resolution was passed by Sabha under the leadership of its president K K Khosa and it was resolved that Sabha will fight for restoration of peace in the Valley.
Another function was organised by All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) at its Bhawan at Durga Nagar here in which president of the organisation, R K Wangnoo paid glowing tribute to martyrs. He demanded that all those responsible for committing atrocities on the community be brought to the book. The speakers urged the Central Government to probe the perpetrators of KP genocide and punish them under the law of the land.
He said ASKPC has been fighting for the cause and rights of community since 1931 when KPs were subjected to attacks by the Muslims in Kashmir. Veena Gurtoo, R K Koul, Ravi Ji Raina, S K Raina P K Raina, Ramesh Tickoo and Virender Raina attended the programme and paid homage to martyrs.
Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) also observed Martyrs Day today and paid glowing tribute to Tika Lal Taploo and other martyrs who laid down their lives in 33 years of turmoil in J&K. On the call of president of the organisation Kundan Kashmiri KPC activists wore black badges and also observed September 14 as Black Day and reiterated demand of settling KPs in a separate Kashyap State in Valley.
All India Migrant Camp Coordination Committee (AIMCCC) also observed the Martyrs Day at Jagti township and paid rich tribute to Taploo and other martyrs. The programme was held under the leadership of AIMCCC president Desh Rattan Pandita.
Glowing tribute were paid to martyrs by here today by All Displaced Kashmiri United Forum (ADKUF) at Durga Nagar.
Those who paid tribute to martyrs included Kashmiri Lal Bhat, Dr T K Bhat, N M Gadroo, , Bansi Lal Zaar and Satish Ji. Proceedings were conducted by PK Raina and Kaka Ji.