Nadimarg massacre was aimed to take revenge of 2002 Godhra riots, allege KPSS

Srinagar: President Kashmir Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS), Sanjay K Tikoo Thursday alleged that the Nadimarg massacre in which 24 Kashmiri pandits were killed was aimed to ‘take revenge’ of Godhra incident, which happened in the year 2002 in Gujrat.

According to the statement issue here, Tikoo said that fifteen years have passed since Nadimarg Massacre, in which 24 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by the armed insurgents, but the victims and their families have not got justice.

“All the security and investigating agencies of the State have failed to book the culprits who planned and executed this heinous crime against this miniscule community for the reasons best known to them,” Tikoo said.

“A well planned crime to take revenge of Godhra incident, which happened in the year 2002 in Gujrat and to celebrate Pakistan Resolution Day, led to the killing of 24 innocent Kashmiri Pandits which included 11 men, 11 women and 02 children. The victims ranged from a 75-year-old woman to a 2-year-old boy,” he said.

He said that though all the six major massacres which took place in the year 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 at Sangrampora (Budgam), Wandhama (Ganderbal), Tailwani (Anantnag), Pethbugh (Anantnag), Hugam (Anantnag) and Nadimarg (Shopian) respectively witnessed the killing of 66 innocent Kashmiri Pandits.

“Apart from target killings, all the six massacres happened when the left out community chose to stay back in Kashmir Valley even after the mass exodus of the community in the year 1990. This speak volumes about the fact had not the Kashmiri Pandit Community left Valley in early 1990s, the community would had reduced to numbers only,” Tikoo said.

He said that all the culprits who were involved in these crimes against the Kashmiri Pandits are at large and are living a prosperous life and even some are now adjusted in Government Departments.

“All the investigations done with respect to the killing of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir were faulty and almost all the investigations are closed for the reasons best know to the investigating agencies,” he added.

He said that KPSS believe that this is one of the biggest trust-deficits between the Kashmiri Pandit Community and Government Agencies and majority community that the culprits who are responsible for exodus and killing of Kashmiri Pandit community in Kashmir are still at large and no one has been booked for these heinous crimes.

Later, KPSS urged the all the National and international forums to press upon the current State Government to issue a white paper on these crimes which took place against this miniscule community in Kashmir Valley and also constitute the truth and fact finding commission so that the justice is done to those who got killed during past 27 years because of this armed insurgency and political turmoil in Kashmir Valley.

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