89 Kashmiri Pandits killed by militants in three decades in Kashmir: RTI

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89 Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in Kashmir by militants during the past over three decades, an information accessed by an RTI activist has revealed, Indian Express reported.

It also revealed that as many as 1,724 people in Jammu and Kashmir were killed by the militants during this period.

In response to a query raised by RTI activist PP Kapoor from Haryana’s Samalkha (Panipat), a DSP of the district police headquarters in Srinagar informed that as many as “89 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in attacks since inception of militancy in 1990”.

According to the information, “Apart from the 89 Kashmiri Pandits, 1,635 people of other faiths were also killed during the same period.”

Mohd Farooq Malik, a Public Information Officer of J-K Relief and Rehabilitation Organisation informed that the Kashmiri Pandits migrated from the state in 1990 due to turmoil in the valley.

In response to a query related to facilities, including financial help being provided by the Centre and state government to migrant Kashmiri Pandits, it was informed that an amount of Rs 3,250 is being paid as assistance per month to every registered Kashmiri migrant besides ration comprising 9kg rice, 2kg atta and 1kg sugar.

When asked about the similar help to migrants of other faiths, JK Relief and Rehabilitation Organisation clarified, “Neither the funds are being provided on community basis nor the expenditure is made on community basis” adding “there is uniform expenditure on admissible components”.

The organisation further said it only deals with those migrants who are registered with it.

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