Save our property from Mahants and trustees, Kashmiri Pandit Samiti

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Srinagar, Jan 23 (UNI) The Kashmiri Pandit Sanghrash Samiti (KPSS) has threatened to start fast unto death if Jammu and Kashmir government failed to protect their temples and other properties from the non-state subject mahants and trustees.

Criticising the government for ''misleading'' the Legislative Assembly (LA) recently that a ban has been imposed on the sale of temples, religious places and other properties belonging to the Pandits, the KPSS president Sanjay Kumar Tickoo said here today that the members of the samiti will proceed on fast unto death if authorities failed to respond positively soon.

Mr Tickoo said appeal to separatist organisation to save our religious places has also not received any response from them.

He said Minister of State for Revenue recently made a statement at the House that ban has been imposed on the sale of temples, religious places and other properties in the valley.

But the truth is no such ban has been imposed, he said, adding that even officials in the revenue department confirmed that no such order has been received from the government.

He said the minister not only mislead the Assembly, but also shocked the pandit community living across the world.

Mr Tickoo alleged that non-state subjects, who claim themselves as mahant and trustees, are selling the temples and other properties in the valley with the help of some people.

He said on the one hand government, mainstream political parties and separatists are claiming that they will encourage return of Kashmiri pandits living in different states, but on the other they failed to stop illegal sale of their temples and other properties.

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