September 15, 2005

KPs organise various functions to remember martyrs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Various functions were organised by Kashmiri Pandits at different places here today in connection with observance of 16th Martyrs’ Day. The Day is also observed as Balidan Divas.

While Panun Kashmir took out a scooter rally in the outskirts of Jammu City and dedicated the day to the community youth, Jammu and Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM) observed the day as Sankalap Divas and All State Kashmir Pandit Conference (ASKPC) organised a Maha Yagya in memory of those martyrs who laid down their lives during last 16 years of turmoil for the national cause.

The PK activists with pla-cards and banners in their hands assembled near Zorawar Stadium here where from the rally started. They were led by PK chairman Dr Ajay Chrangoo and its general secretary, Kuldeep Raina.

Talking to reporters Dr Chrangoo reiterated the Homeland demand saying it is the only solution to the Pandits’ problems.

He alleged that the unemployment of Kashmiri Pandits is not an aberration of the system but an deliberate effort to cleanse the Kashmiri Pandits from the state administration.

The rally after passing through various colonies and localities of Jammu culminated at Geeta Satsang Ashram Muthi with the concluding speech of Swami Kumar Ji.

At an impressive function organised by JKVM to remember the martyrs 30 General Council members of the organization took a solemn oath to dedicate themselves for the services of the community in presence of Justice (retd) B L Bhat and Swami Sachdanand Ji Mahraj.

In order to strengthen their age old bonds with the land of Kashmir

a special pitcher of earth which was brought from the Valley was also worshiped on the occasion by the Manch activists who said that Kashmir is in their blood, body, mind and soul.

Addressing the function Dr R L Bhat national vice president of the Manch stressed on the total participation of the community in the on going struggle.

Swami Sachdanand Ji Mahraj in his address urged the community members to unite for achieving their goal. He said there can be ideological differences among the people but ideas should never come as a stumbling block in the unity.Justice B L Bhat (retd) also stressed on the unity in the rank and file of the community.

A large number of people drawn form different parts of the City participated in Maha Yagya organised by ASKPC at Durga Nagar on Martyrs’ Day today.

The devotees were served with prashad after Puran Ahuti. A pind dhan (immersion of cooked rice in river) was also performed on the occasion.

Rich tributes were paid to martyrs of the community by ASKPC chief,A N Vaishnavi, its general secretary H L Chatta, P K convenor Dr Aghnishekhar, Sheela Handoo, corporator and M L Aash on the occasion.

Addressing the function Dr Aghnishekhar, while reiterating the Homeland demand said when cities like Chandigarh and NOIDA were carved out in UP and Punjab why not a separate Homeland can be carved out for KPs in Kashmir Valley.

In connection with observance of Balidan Divas Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital organised a Hepatitis B Vaccination camp at its Mission Hospital Durganagar today.

Among others who spoke on the occasion include Shila Handoo Corporator and Dr V K Kachroo.A handout issued by the Hospital said that it has examined 30,000 patients during the last five years.

Two minutes silence was also observed at K P Sabha Ambphalla during the recitation of Bhagwat Puran Katha by Dr B L Kaul this afternoon as a mark of respect to Martyrs. The Sabha chief T N Khosa led the community members in paying homage to martyrs on the occasion.

Rich tributes were also paid to martyrs at a function organised by AIKS here today. Two minutes silence was also observed in their memory.

An AIKS handout issued here today said that Martyrs Day was also osberved in Union Capital by the organisation under the chairmanship of M K Kaw its president. Various leaders of community including H N Jattoo, of AIKPC, T N Razdhan president JKVM and Utpal Koul paid homage to the martyrs on the occasion.

Another function was organised in connection with the Balidan Diwas today by Kashmiri Migrants Protection Forum, Industrialist Association and Kashmiri Migrants Traders Welfare Committee under the leadership of Vijay Chicken at Shakti Ghat here.

Secular Youth Front also organised a function at Muthi Community Hall in which rich tributes were paid to martyrs of the community.

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