Stop human rights violation of Kashmiri Pandits: UKPC

Jammu: The United Kashmiri Pandit Conference (UKPC) on Saturday accused the Centre and the state of failing to take adequate steps to stop human rights violation of Kashmiri pandits, who have been forced to leave the Valley, and ensure their return and rehabilitation.

UKPC, an amalgam of various Kashmiri Pandit youth organisations, also demanded the resignation of the members of Apex Committee, set up by the government for return and rehabilitation of the community.

Despite India being a signatory to universal declaration of human rights, senior leader Vir Saraf said its provisions were "being relentlessly violated as the members of the community are deprived of liberty and security.

"They cannot go back to their native places in Kashmir valley, from where they were forced to leave by fundamentalist and separatist forces in 1989-90."

Criticising the steps taken for rehabilitation of the community, he claimed the recent package of the government to provide jobs to 3,000 youths from the community in Kashmir valley had several harsh conditions.

UKPC leader V Sathu said the Apex Committee members should resign as they have not been able to project the cause of the displaced community before the government.

The government had set up a Apex Committee headed by the Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla.