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Kashmiri Pandits observe ‘black day’ against 1931 riots


Jammu: A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits today observed ‘black day’ to commemorate the July 13, 1931 riots against the community in the Valley and demanded better security, especially in the wake of violence following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

“The situation has not changed from 1931 tilltoday. Kashmiri Pandits were attacked then and even today in 2016 they areattacked,” Ravinder Raina, President, All State Kashmiri PanditConference (ASKPC) said.

He demanded better security to the community in Jammu and Kashmir after he alleged that stones were pelted at the houses of Kashmiri Pandits following the death of the Hizbul commander.

AnoopBhat, Coordinator, Roots in Kashmir (RIK), said “whenever the majoritypopulation of the Valley has any issue with the rulingdispensation, the minority community faces thebrunt.”

“The July 13, 1931 riots, 1986 South Kashmirriots or the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits are the primeexamples of how the Kashmiri Pandit community hasconstantly lived in fear of life and honour,” he said.

RIK spokesperson Aroop Rayu said the Kashmiri Pandits currently living in the state are in dire need of a “full proof security” and that the Centre should rethink its composite township model.

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