KPs protest, demand probe into fire incident at Tripur Sundri

KPs protesting at Press Club Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
KPs protesting at Press Club Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 15: Members of various Kashmiri Pandit organisations held a protest in front of Jammu Press Club against the fire incident which took place at holy shrine of Mata Tirpur Sundri, in Devsar area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district during the night of Thursday and Friday.
The protestors demanded a thorough probe into the incident and bringing the facts to light while totally rejecting the police theory that the fire took place due to burning of Diya in the shrine.
The protest was organised by Shree Tripur Sundri Sanstha led by T K Dhar and Sanjay Shishoo and Santosh Dhar its senior activists.
Ajay Bharti senior BJP leader and former MLC while addressing the protestors alleged that police version was underplaying. In case the fire had taken place due to Arti Diya and police had made investigation then they must reveal who had kept the Diya there. He said why Kashmiri politicians who make hue and cry over small incidents are silent over the issue. BJP leaders Shiban Ji Pandita, Rajiv Pandita and Sheela Handoo (corporator Anantnag) also participated in the protest.
The activists of Vision Kashmir who also joined the protest termed the torching of the holy shrine a part of conspiracy. They too demanded a thorough probe into the matter . The protestors urged the LG administration to take serious note of the criminal act and take stringent action against the culprits besides providing adequate security to Hindu shrines and temples in the Valley. Sanjay Chowgami, Sunil Fotedar, Ramesh Sopori and others participated in the protest.
Meanwhile, councilor Mattan Rakesh Kaul and leaders of various KP bodies Vinod Pandit, Vijay Raina, Sunil Bhat and others have also strongly condemned the act and demanded a thorough probe into the matter.
NC Minority Cell president, M KYogi also condemned the incident.
They, while expressing concern questioned how fire broke out in such cold season when the area is snow bound and what are the reasons behind the fire incident.
Rakesh Kaul demanded immediate constitution of Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Temples Board for the upkeep and protection of Hindu religious places in the Valley.