January 25, 2014
Pousha Krushna Navami, Kaliyug Varsha 5115
SRINAGAR, Jan 24: On the 16th anniversary of Wandhama massacre, Kashmiri Pandit Sangharash Samiti (KPSS) has demanded a fresh probe into the incident to bring the guilty to justice.
Twenty-three Kashmiri Pandits including a two-year old child were killed by unidentified gunmen during the intervening night of January 25 and 26, 1998 at Wandhama in Ganderbal.
In a statement, Sanjay K. Tickoo, president (KPSS) said massacres and fake encounters have become part of J&K since the eruption of political turmoil and armed insurgency in the state.
“Every massacre and fake encounter is mourned by public at large and a call for shut down is given by the separatist camp to express grief and resistance against these acts. But during the last two decades not a single separatist leader have ever called for a shut down against the massacres of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir Valley. It also exposes some real faces, who have actually done these heinous crimes against minuscule population of Kashmir Valley,” Tickoo said.
“Sixteen years have passed when Wandhama massacre was carried out by unscrupulous elements present in the Kashmiri society. Nothing has been done by any camp present in the Kashmir Valley whether mainstream or separatist to book the culprits. On the contrary all the cases pertaining to the Kashmiri Pandits killing have been closed down for different reasons. This shows that the racist elements are present in the administration, which prevent them to perform their duties in unbiased manner,” president KPSS added.
He said people from his community living outside Kashmir Valley observe January 19 every year as “holocaust day”, a day to remember that how a Kashmiri Pandits was deprived from the right being Kashmiri and was forced to choose exodus from the Valley.” But ironically they do not observe any of days regarding the massacres of Kashmiri Pandits in Valley. This shows that they have disowned us and their conscience of concern have ceased with respect to left out populace who stayed back,” Tickoo said.
He said KPSS expects chief minister Omar Abdullah to come with a statement as to what his government has done for booking the culprits who killed Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and which led to the migration.