Jammu, Jul 13: Panun Kashmir-an amalgam of Kashmiri Pandit organizations today observed July 13 as ‘Black Day’ here.
Led by President Panun Kashmir, Ashwani Chrungoo, members demonstrated here and castigated the state government for continuing the practice of observing this day as the so-called Martyrs day.
They said that the nationalist population is committed to observe 13th July every year as Black Day.
Chrungoo said, “Kashmiri Pandits have been observing July 13 as ‘Black Day’ every year for the last 85 years. The young generation should be briefed about the fateful day, the day when the minority Hindu community became victim of the first attempt of genocidal acts of the 20th century in Kashmir.”
He said that all these actors did not act in tandem, but all their actions were aimed in one direction to target the Minority Hindu community in Kashmir, adding, “seeds of secession and terrorism were sown on this day which ultimately resulted in the ethnic cleansing of the Hindu community from Kashmir in 1989-90.”
Another member R K Bhat paid respects to the Hindu minority community victims of 1931 on the occasion and said, “the community has been facing this bias and discrimination at all levels since 1931.”
He appealed to the government to review its policies in respect of the displaced community of Kashmiri Pandits who are in continuous exile for the last 28 years.