Parents of a Kashmiri Pandit girl who is missing since November 15 and is believed to have been kidnapped by a Muslim Boy today staged a massive and unprecedented protest demonstration and later blocked Tawi bridge under the banner of All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) at Press Club of Jammu along with hundreds of Jammuites saying that the police was not doing enough to recover their missing daughter and they further demanded immediate measures to trace her.
The parents’ along with nearly 500 people, including ladies and children lead by Senior Journalist & National Spokesperson APMCC King Bharati and Advocate Arun Kandroo General Secretary APMCC alleged that police was taking the case lightly even as their young daughter who was to get married on December 12 this year was still missing and her kidnappers are roaming free.
With tears rolling down their cheeks the parents of the girl Opinder Koul and Girja Koul were shouting slogans and carrying placards “bring our daughter back” seeking help from everyone to help them recover their girl who had called them last on November 15 asking them to save her from one Sahil (Rusman Bhat) of Paloura adding since then they have not heard anything from her.
They alleged that they were being mislead by the parents of the boy saying she has married their son adding if it was so why were they not producing the girl before police adding they suspect some foul play in the whole affair and fear she might have been killed or was being kept under some threat. The father of the girl alleged that police was deliberately not using all its resources under their command , under some pressure forcing them to come to streets to seek justice.
King Bharati while lashing out at the administration said that it was strange that a young girl was missing for the last so many days and police was still in dark adding they believe it was being done with some ulterior motive to force the girl to convert or marry under pressure. Demanding immediate recovery of the girl Bharati said that once the girl comes in front of the parents and police, the truth will be known , adding any further delay may convert the whole affair into yet another case of Love Jihad.
He served an ultimatum of 24 hours to Jammu police to recover the girl or face direct action adding Kashmiri Pandit community as well as entire Hindu community was raging with anger and warned that any further delay will have serious consequences. Later a heavy contingent of police force used mild lathicharge to lift the blockade from Tawi bridge road with demonstrators asking SSP to come to talk to them.
However SP City SK Chouhan arrived on spot and assured of prompt action taking a delegation with him to Police Control Room where the concerned SDPO and SHO were also summoned. The police officers after listening to their grievances assured action and sought time upto this evening to recover the girl. Later the dharna was lifted with a clear warning that if the girl was not recovered by tonight the agitation will spill over the entire region which might take a communal turn.
Advocate Arun Kandroo said that if all was well why the girl was not being produced before the magistrate and the parents so that actual position comes to fore adding entire Hindu community was angered over the issue which might snowball into a major controversy in the days to come. He said that APMCC will take the agitation to national level if immediate measures for the recovery of the girl are not taken.
Sanajy Koul, Chairman, All Displaced Youth Forum said that it was a serious matter for the community and youth will go for direct action if the police fails to bring the girl back to her parents.