Safeguard temples, shrines in Valley: KPs

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STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: The members of various Kashmiri Pandit organisations have expressed anguish and resentment over recent developments taking place at holy shrine of Hari Parbat, Srinagar and urged for initiating necessary measures to safeguard temples and shrines in valley. Speaking during a meeting of All Kashmiri Pandit Sanasthas under chairmanship of Ranjeet Gurkhu, President, Shri Shri Jagat Amba Sharika Chakreshwar Sanstha, the members alleged that land mafia are indulged in violation of place consciousness of Hari Parbat, which is a matter of grave concern. The members further alleged that a constant conspiracy is going on to violate place consciousness of the sacred complex. “Many temples that are integral part of the complex in Devi Angan have been vandalised. Besides the mafia and land grabbing sharks are making efforts to encroach land on both sides of the steps, leading to Hari Parbat. Besides, there is constant propaganda being carried out to rename Hari Parbat as Koh-e-Maran to de-Sanskritise whole area. After religious cleaning and genocide of Kashmiri Pandit community in 1990, the land mafia has an eye on temple lands and property of the most of the temples situated in Srinagar city and other districts,” they added. The participants urged concerned authorities and District Administration headed by DC Srinagar to look into the matter and book culprits failing which entire KP community will be forced to come on roads and seek support of entire Hindu fraternity across the globe to safeguard religious property in Kashmir. The meeting was attended by representative of ASKPC, AIKS, KP Sabha, Panun Kashmir, Mata Raghin Sanastha Janipur, Kashmiri Samiti Delhi, Martand Sabha Mattan, Mata Roop Bhawani Trust, Raniwari Temple Association, Kral Bab Ashram and Bhagwan Gopinath Trust.