A group of Kashmiri Pandit employees demonstrated on Saturday against the killings targeting Kashmiri Pandits. There is a demand of these employees that they should be taken somewhere outside the Kashmiri Valley. These demonstrations are taking place when Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhatt was killed by militants in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior BJP leaders were an embarrassment as angry Kashmiri Pandits accused them of sending the migrant community to Kashmir as a “scapegoat” in the name of the PM’s employment package.
An angry Kashmiri Pandit told J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina, “You are taking us there (Kashmir) only to kill us.” “Our soldiers are being killed there regularly, what have you done so far?” He asked.
Another shouted, “You have made us sacrificial goats. There is no security for us. The government has totally failed. Have we voted for the BJP to meet this fate?”
Kashmiri Pandit employees have alleged that after the murder of Rahul Bhatt, he has been locked up in the camp housing. They demand that such restrictions should be removed.
“Either to keep us safe here or we will leave Kashmir this is our last demand from the government,” the protesters said adding that “the system has collapsed, security has collapsed and safety has collapsed.”
“Our Muslim brothers have stood shoulder to shoulder with us. We are really thankful to them,” he said, adding that they are just angry with the government and administration for not taking any concrete steps regarding their security and safety.
According to news agency PTI, the employees living in the Vessu transit camp say that if the authorities do not lift the restrictions by Sunday, a march will be organized to the transit residence in Sheikhpura, Budgam.
In a letter written by the All PM Package Employees Forum to the Divisional Commissioner, it has been said, “We employees living in Vesu Transit Camp have decided to march to Sheikhpura and Veerwan Colony tomorrow morning for our brothers and sisters. One of our brothers was murdered, that too in broad daylight and in an office where magistrates sit.
The employees allege that instead of supporting them, tear gas shells, and sticks are being hurled at the protesters. Meanwhile, clashes were witnessed between the protesters and the police in Baramulla.
For the third day in a row, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits held a peaceful protest at Press Colony, Srinagar, demanding their safety and security in Kashmir. The protesters said the administration had “turned our camps into detention centers by locking us inside.” “We are not being allowed to come out and the media is not allowed in. We only ask for security so that we can lead a safe and normal life,” he said.
Demanding punishment for the killers and safety and security for the community, BJP workers supporting Pandits also took out a protest rally against Bhat’s killing in Srinagar’s Jawahar Nagar area.
Police say that the protesters were trying to take out the march but the police did not have permission. However, it was told by the police that no one was injured in this clash.
Over four thousand Kashmiri Pandits are living in transit camps in various parts of Kashmir after they were given government jobs under a special employment package launched in 2010.
The body of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhatt, who was killed in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated on Friday. Rahul Bhatt, posted in Chadoora tehsil’s office, was shot by militants on Thursday, after which he died in the hospital.