After justice to Sikhs, demands growing for probe in Kashmiri Hindu killings

Delhi High Court recently convicted senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for involvement in the Anti-Sikh riots and sentenced him for life imprisonment. Anti-Sikh riots of 1984 is widely regarded as one of the biggest act of violence against a perticular community. And now another community that has been victims of a similar genocide, the Kashmir Hindus, have once again voiced their demands for a probe in the 1990’s anti-Hindu violence in Kashmir valley.

“We welcome the Delhi HC judgement in 1984 riot case. Finally, there is some semblance of justice for the Sikh community which suffered during 1984 riots. Kashmiri Hindus have also been denied justice by the successive governments both at the state and the Centre,” said Ajay Chrangoo, Chairman, Panun Kashmir.

Chrangoo demanded formation of a separate commission to investigate into the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir. Meanwhile, BJP’s MLC from Jammu and Kashmir, Giridhari Lal Raina wrote a letter to the state Governor, Satya Pal Malik, requesting to form a commission to probe Kashmiri Hindu genocide. Raina further said this commission must also have authority to reopen cases against self-proclaimed killers who, he said, are roaming free in Kashmir.

Echoing similar demands, J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina, while speaking to India Today TV, said, “Ethnic cleaning of Kashmiri Pandits was carried out by terrorists and their sympathisers in the valley since early 1990s.

Time has come that a probe panel be constituted so that killers of Kashmiri Hindus can be identified and punished, he added.

Hundreds of Hindus were murdered in Kashmir valley which led to the mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pandit community in early ’90s. No commission to probe the killings has so far been constituted.