SRINAGAR, Sep 21: The Kashmir Pandit Sangharash Samiti (KPSS) has shot a letter to the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed alleging that some goons with the support of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Member of Legislative Council (MLC) and the police has illegally grabbed the land belonging to a temple at Bonamsar, Sonwar, Srinagar.
In its letter, KPSS president Sanjay Tickoo has said that a commercially high valued piece of land belonging to temple at Bonamsar, Sonwar, Srinagar has been encroached by some “goons having support from a sitting PDP MLC and active support from the concerned Superintendent of Police.”
The PDP MLC, Tickoo has said, claims that he has purchased the property from an affluent Kashmiri Pandit living somewhere outside Kashmir. “Though the property belongs to the Mandir, some high profile Kashmiri Pandits from outside Kashmir Valley are using their status influence through political parties to crack this illegal deal,” Tickoo has disclosed.
The president KPSS has further informed that when the matter was agitated before the concerned Superintendent of Police to remove the encroachment of the temple property issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner vide communication no. DMS/RD-533/Mig/715-17 dated 19.09.2015, the SP denied to comply with the directions of the revenue officer arguing that “when there is no Kashmiri Pandit population in Kashmir why Kashmiri Pandits need temples and asthapans in Kashmir Valley.”
The SP, Tickoo says, was also informed that a case on the subject matter is pending before High Court of Jammu and Kashmir bearing no. OWP 83/2010, wherein High Court was pleased to issue status quo on the spot, “but had no effect on him.”
The letter further reads: “It is really an embarrassing position, that how a police officer is working in Kashmir Valley who is supposed to protect a person and his property and his faith. It is worth to mention here that despite clear directions from the State Cabinet order no. Rev/MR/124 of 2008 dated 16.04.2008, High Court directions passed in matter OWP No. 785/2008, LPA No. 180/2010, OWP No. 610/2007 and Contempt no. 572/202014, there is clear instructions to the State Government to protect the religious places of the Minorities and in addition to there are two communications issued vide dated 17.03.2015 and 4th of June, 2015 by Director (JK-L&M), and Under Secretary to the Government, Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs to Principal Secretary (Home) Government of Jammu and Kashmir to implement the High Court Judgments / directions to protect the religious places of the Kashmiri Pandit Community in Kashmir Valley.”
Tickoo says though the present Government is trying hard to make the situation normal for every citizen in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in general and in Kashmir in particular, these “corrupt persons” make the life of a common man hell by their illegal and mischievous activities.
Tickoo has said that KPSS has previously sent many communications addressed to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Revenue Minister, State of Jammu and Kashmir on the issue, but according to him it seems these communications are not placed before the concerned persons and are put in some dust bin as such no action was taken against these corrupt persons.
“As such, through this open letter, it is most humbly requested to the Chief Minister, State of Jammu and Kashmir to take necessary action against these corrupt persons who want to destroy the age old identity of the Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir Valley and the directions be issued to remove the encroachment on the priority basis to save the temple land from the land mafia,” reads the KPSS letter.
2015 Kashmir Despatch