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Panic among Pandits over killing of J&K businessman

Naveen Bharat Editorial

SRINAGAR: The killing of prominent Kashmiri Pandit businessman and Bindu Chemist owner Makhan Lal Bindu by terrorists in a highly secure area of ​​Srinagar has instilled fear among Pandits who chose to stay in the Valley without migrating elsewhere. Sanjay Tikku, president of Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS), a non-migrant Pandit group, said the incident has created fear among Sikhs in the Valley.

Militants shot dead 68-year-old Makhan Lal Bindru at his shop in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park area. Bindru was among those Pandits who did not migrate from the Valley after the outbreak of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 1990. He also operated his own pharmacy during the peak of the insurgency. Tikku said that after 18 years a non-migrant Pandit was killed by terrorists.

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“The last time a non-migrant Pandit was killed was in March 2003, when 24 were gunned down in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district,” he said. Tikku said that hours after Bindru’s murder, he wrote to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, threatening the lives of prominent faces of non-migrant Pandits living in the Valley. “I wrote to him again on 6th October. But no reply till now.”

Tikku claimed that he had been trying to meet Lt Governor Sinha for over a year, but to no avail. “Bindru’s murder took place in a very secure area of ​​Srinagar. If a person is not safe in a highly protected area of ​​Srinagar, then how is a person safe in villages and far-flung places in other districts of the Valley,” Tikoo said.

Most of the non-migrants are living in South Kashmir
Around 800 Kashmiri Pandit families comprising 3,400 people are living in different parts of the Valley. Most of them are living in South Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag districts

India denies Pakistan’s allegations
New Delhi: Responding to Pakistan’s allegations of atrocities in Kashmir by India, New Delhi slammed its neighbor for repeating the “lies of lies” at the United Nations, asking the country to stop cleaning up its minorities. needed. Kajal Bhat, advisor and legal advisor to India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, said Kashmir will always be a part of India. “Pakistan is a supporter of terrorism as the biggest perpetrator and victim,” he said.

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