No Justice for Sangrampora pandits

MUKHTAR AHMAD

Two decades have passed since the massacre in Sangrampora habitation 19 kilometres away from central Kashmir’s district Budgam, where seven pandits were gunned down by unidentified gunmen on 21 March1997, on the day of Novruz.

“The unknown gunmen killed seven pandits leaving some others injured

fled from the spot in the dark night, Nothing can be said who were they,” said a resident of Sangrampora.

The unknown gunmen had entered in the village and targetted the Pandit families residing in the small village of Sangrampora.

Locals said that soon after the incident happened police and military forces reached at spot and registered the case to investigate the matter.
The incident triggered the fear among the whole village but “Inspite of fear and terror, thousands of muslims from adjacent areas consoled them” said Rehti Begum (75). Adding also that muslims feel equal pain and mourn about killings.

While talking to Moti Lal, a pandit of Sangrampora who is presently residing at Budgam said, Muslims from adjacent area also expressed deep outrage against this barbaric act. He added that the arrangements for the last rites of deceased were done by muslims thousands of muslims participated to perform their last rites.
Now these pandit families are living in disperse. Some at Jammu and few at Shekhpora area of Budgam. “Government is providing them two room flats in Shiekpora inspite having vast land available at their native place.” said Gh Mohideen.

A group of people said that govt should take concrete steps in briging back pandits to their natve place, particularly pandits of sangrampora.

The massacre brought about the migration of the rest of the family members of Sangrampora and today no Kashmiri Pandit lives in Sangrampora.
“After the massacre for 22 days we stayed at village and people from neighbour village huklatri gave us protection and tried to console us, “said Mrishan Lal, whose two sons were killed in this massacre.
An FIR was filed in Police Station Beerwah for this massacre but the investigation by police has not resulted in the arrest of any accused and the case was closed as untraced on 27 May 1998 just within a year of the incident.

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