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India: The March 2003 Killings of Kashmiri Pandits in Nadimarg - Press statement by Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti

10 March 2011

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Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti

Press Release

NADIMARG MASSACRE of March 23 2003

On the ill-fated day of March 23, 2003, 24 Kashmiri Pandits were cold-bloodily murdered by the militants in Nadimarg, District Shopian (then District Pulwama), and from the last fourteen years not a single person has been punished for the same. The role of Investigating Officer(s)/Agency (ies) is in question as they always give us cold shoulder whenever they are asked about their failure to identify and book the culprits who are responsible for this heinous crime.

When KPSS did ground zero investigation about this crime, we found that it was a well planned attempt by some armed insurgents and local youths from the adjoining villages to take revenge for the Gujarat Riots which took place after the Godhra Train Buring in the year 2002 and to celebrate Pakistan Resolution Day by killing Kashmiri Pandits.

Under a well planned and in organized way, the gunmen with youths from the adjoining village(s) visited Nadimarg on March 21 and 22, 2003 to see the location of the KP families who they planned kill so that they can execute their murderous plan. And finally on March 23, 2003 at 10:30 PM, the militants with the active support from the youths of the adjoining villages came in Indian Army Uniform and cordoned the KP houses, brought them out, made them sit on their knees in a line and finally shot at their faces mercilessly killing 24 Kashmiri Pandits in the name of revenge that happened in Gujarat in the year 2002 and to celebrate the Pakistan Resolution Day by killing Kashmiri Pandits.

The Investigation Officer/Agency, did not investigate the matter with any intention to book the culprits, for reasons best known to him / them, which puts the credibility of the Investigation Officer / Agency in question.

KPSS reiterates its demand for a “Truth and Justice Commission” authorized to look into all these incidents which took place in the State of Jammu and Kashmir over the last 27 years and to book the culprits so that the justice is done to the people who were killed by the State / Non-State Actors.

Sanjay K. Tickoo

President, KPSS