Kulgam Pandit family at the centre of a row clarifies
Anantnag: A day after accusing his Muslim neighbor of attacking his family for celebrating Diwali, a Pandit man from Kulgam today backtracked from his statement and said that the altercation was a result of a ‘land dispute’.
The district administration and police have also maintained that the altercation between the two families was a result of a land dispute.
Police have also arrested several people for throwing stones at the Pandit’s house.
Avtar Krishan Pandita and his wife had on Friday blocked the Kulgam-Sangus road demanding protection after their house was pelted with stones “for illumination set up on the Diwali eve”.
“I have never migrated from Kashmir and the neighbors have always stood by me. But yesterday I put some lights for Diwali eve and that’s when some miscreants started pelting stones at my house. We need protection now,” Pandita had said to some media men.
His video, wherein he alleged an attack on religious lines, went viral on the social media and some sections of the media also carried the news.
Today however Pandita, a retired employee of the Agriculture department, backtracked from his earlier allegations and said that his house was attacked by a neighbor who objected to Pandita’s construction plans.
“Post retirement I wanted to carry out some construction at my house. But one of the neighbors objected to it. Yesterday when I got some construction material unloaded the neighbor attacked my house with stones,” Pandita said.
He hailed his other neighbors for coming to his aid and offering to protect his house and family.
He however did not clarify on his earlier statement.
Pandita was today speaking to media men following a press conference where SSP Kulgam and Deputy Commissioner (DC) addressed the media.
DC, Talat Parvez Rohella, too maintained that the altercation was because of some land dispute between the two families and has no religious connotations whatsoever.
“I have visited the families and got to know they have been living in absolute harmony throughout the worst period of the conflict,” Rohella said.
He said that some miscreant from outside had recorded a video yesterday and circulated it on social media with the intent of disturbing the communal harmony of Kulgam.
“This has happened at a time when internet has been suspended in Kulgam for several days. I have asked the SSP to look into the matter and arrest the culprits involved in trying to flare u communal tensions,” Rohella told media men.
SSP Kulgam, Shridhar Patil, added that the people who attacked Pandita and his family have already been arrested and the case is being investigated.
“It was a simple land dispute given religious color by some miscreants. We will investigate the matter and arrest the people behind this,” Patil said.