Srinagar, October 15 : In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS), an organization of non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit, has said that despite the targeted killings in the Kashmir Valley, they will not migrate and continue to live with their Muslim brethren the way they have been since decades.
The KPSS chief, Sanjay Tickoo, told media that the level of fear was high in the past few weeks due to the targeted killings in Kashmir but the fear had gradually gone down and the Kashmiri Pandits were feeling relieved.
Tickoo is one among the KPs who didn’t flee Valley when majority of the members from his community had left Kashmir in 1990 on the instructions of the then Governor of the occupied territory, Jagmohan Malhotra, who launched a massive crackdown to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle.
He said that his appeal to the majority community to extend support to minority community members, especially KPs living in Kashmir, proved a real morale-booster. “I saw people making appeals on the loudspeakers of masajid, extending support to the minorities. That was a really good gesture. In fact, that was the need of the hour as the step helped instill confidence among the minorities who were otherwise planning to leave Valley,” he said.
Tickoo said that the major reason for the fear among them was the killing of famous chemist, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Kashmiri Pandit, who had also stayed back in Kashmir since 1990s. “Since the majority community made strong appeals and assured us all support, we feel relieved and fear too has gone down,” he added.
Asked how many KP families fled from Kashmir after selected attacks, he said only seven families out of total 808 KP families living in the Valley had temporarily migrated to Jammu. “But the good news is that all seven families are back firstly because of the all-out support from the Muslim brothers and secondly due to the exams of their children slated later this month,” Tickoo said.
On whether non-migrant families in Kashmir are planning to leave the valley due to fear, he said: “We will live and die with our Muslim brethren, there is no question of migration.”