Kashmiri Pandits observe 20th yr of exodus from Valley

Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 20:22

New Delhi: Twenty Kashmiri Pandits on Monday
tonsured their heads here while several others offered prayers
to mark the 20th anniversary of the first killing of a
community member by militants in Kashmir, which triggered
their exodus from the Valley.

On this day 20 years ago, a lawyer, Tika Lal Taploo, was
killed by separatists outside his residence in Srinagar, four
months before the community members were forced to leave the
Valley in the height of militancy.

"As a symbolic protest to mark the anniversary, 20
Kashmiri Pandits tonsured their heads and offered prayers for
thousands of unfortunate victims," a spokesperson of Kashmiri
migrants` outfit, Panun Kashmir, said.

Twenty Kashmiri Pandits tonsured their heads at Yamuna
Ghat in east Delhi while several others offered prayers, the
spokesperson said, adding, "Each of the persons who underwent
tonsuring symbolically represented each year of their life in
exile.

"A special puja was performed as per Kashmiri Pandit
rituals for the peace of all community members and the
security forces who have lost their lives."

According to estimates, around 80,000 Kashmiri Pandits
are currently living in the national capital after they had to
leave Kashmir after the militancy erupted.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 20:22

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