SRINAGAR: Days after Kashmiri Pandits employed in the Valley under New Delhi’s rehabilitation package protested to demand transfer of their posts to Jammu after they alleged stone pelting on their transit camps, police said that “no stone pelting attack” took place during the ongoing unrest on their residences in any district.
The Kashmir Pandit employees have been protesting in Jammu for two weeks at relief commissioner’s office. They demand that they should be posted in Jammu, as their quarters at Haal (Pulwama), Vessu, Mattan (Anantnag) were allegedly attacked by stone throwers.
However, police said that not a single such incident took place anywhere in Kashmir.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, told local news agency KNS that no incident of stone pelting on Kashmiri Pandits living in residential quarters has taken place in south Kashmir.
“In such situations, people generally have apprehensions about their security. So too had Pandits. But people in Kashmir know that Pandits are from our community, and they don’t harass them in such situations,” Bhat was quoted by the agency as saying.
The senior superintendent of police (SSP), Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir, told the agency that the Pandits who have protested “are lying”.
“No stone pelting took place on any residential colony here. They are lying,” Mir has said.
Also, SSP Kupwara, Aijaz Ahmad, said: “It is not true that youth pelted stones on their residential colony here. They moved to Jammu on their own.”
In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, a senior police official told KNS that not a single stone was pelted on migrant transit camp at Sheikhpora.
Following their protests, a four member committee led by BJP state president Sat Sharma met them protesting Pandits in Jammu to hear their grievances.
A four-member committee, comprising BJP MLC Ramesh Arora, General Secretary State BJP Narinder Singh, BJP MLC Surinder Ambardar and Chandji Bhat, was formed to look into their problems.
Ramesh Arora, who had met the protesting Pandits, told KNS that the Kashmir Pandits demanded transfer of their posts to Jammu, citing safety issues in the prevailing volatile situation.
“We formed the committee to look into their problems and other grievances. But we have not made any commitment with them for their transfers to Jammu,” Arora told KNS.
A senior government official told KNS that transferring their posts to Jammu is “not practically possible”.
“This demand is totally unjustified. They can have safety concerns like other people have here in the present situation. But that does not mean, people can shift their places on this reason,” he said.
Nearly 1,673 have been employed under Prime Minister’s package for Kashmiri Pandit migrants. And reportedly most of them had moved to Jammu during the ongoing unrest.