Central government neglecting Kashmiri pandits: PKM

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Ahmedabad, Dec 12 (UNI) Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM) President Ashwani Chrungoo has accused the central government and the Jammu and Kashmir government of neglecting the cause of Kashmiri pandits who have been displaced due to terrorism in the state for the last 18 years.

A PKM delegation is currently on a ''Sankalp yatra'' to draw the attention of the different regions of the nation to the issues like displacement and human rights violation of the minorities in Kashmir.

Mr Chrungoo said the PKM was seeking a homeland for the displaced pandits. He came down heavily on the central government as well as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for adopting a biased attitude towards the Kashmiri pandits cause. He termed NHRC ''National Hindu Reprimand Commission''.

The PKM leaders yesterday visited the Sabarmati Ashram and took oath to fight for their cause in a Gandhian way. Mr Chrungoo said the movement was greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's ideology.

Referring the terrorist attack on the Akshardahm temple a few years ago, he said the temple and Kashmiri pandits both were victims of terrorism.

''During the time of the exodus, the state and the central governments were indifferent to pundits, and in the last 18 years nothing has changed. Thousands of Kashmiri pundits are living in Jammu like refugees in their own country,'' he added.

Mr Churngoo said, ''We want separate home state for Kashmiri pandits, governed by the laws and orders of the Indian Government and where the residents can breathe peacefully.'' Approximately seven lakh Kashmiri Pundits are scattered all over the world. More than 250 families are living in Gujarat.

UNI

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