KPSS Press Release – Nadimarg Massacre

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Jammu March 22: Fifteen years have passed since Nadimarg Massacre, in which 24 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by the armed insurgents. All the security / investigating agencies of the State failed to book the culprits who planned and executed this heinous crime against this  Miniscule  Community for the reasons best known to them.

 A well-planned crime to take revenge of Godhra Incident, which happened in the year 2002 Gujrat and to celebrate Pakistan Resolution Day, took the life 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.

 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 Pandit. 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 speaks volumes about the fact had not the Kashmiri Pandit Community left Valley in the early 1990s, the Community would have reduced to numbers only.

 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.

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 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 known to the Investigating Agencies.

 KPSS feel that this is one of the biggest trust-deficits between the Kashmiri Pandit Community and Government Agencies / 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 against the community.

 KPSS urge 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.

 

Sanjay K. Tickoo

President, KPSS