89 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in Kashmir between 1990 and 2021: RTI


New Delhi: In response to a Right to Information application filed by an RTI activist, it was found that of the 1.54 lakh people displaced from the Kashmir Valley due to violence or threats of violence, 88 per cent were Hindus but those who died in violence since 1990. Most of the people were from other religions.

A film allegedly made to draw attention to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits These findings put forward a new perspective regarding the frenzy that arose after the release of. However, these findings do not include key details.

Last year, RTI activist PP Kapoor, a resident of Samalkha in Haryana, filed an RTI before the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Lieutenant Governor of the state, seeking information on various aspects of violence against Kashmiri Pandits, their displacement and resettlement.

Data provided to Kapoor shows that 1.54 people were displaced from the Kashmir Valley due to violence and threats of violence, of whom about 88 per cent were Hindus. However, most of these affected people who died were not Hindus.

Kapoor recently made these findings public but did not mention the fact that the data provided to him did not contain any details of the killing of over 100 Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989.

The findings of his RTI are only for the period from 1990 till July 2021.

Kapoor said, “With the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 1990, when the killings of innocent people started. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP started projecting these killings as the biggest massacre of Kashmiri Pandits not only in India but in the world. Kashmiri Muslims were projected as villains and terrorists in a well-planned propaganda. By propagating such claims, the RSS, the BJP have implemented their agenda of polarizing the society and getting votes in the elections in the country.

Kapoor had filed an application in the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on 22 July 2021. 10 questions were asked in the application. This application was handed over by the Raj Bhawan of Jammu and Kashmir to the Department of Disaster, Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Srinagar on 6 August.

Of the 1.54 lakh people displaced, more than 12,000 were Muslims.

In response to his question, the Office of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, Jammu, informed on September 9 that Kashmiri Pandits had to be displaced from Jammu and Kashmir in 1990 due to the turmoil in the Valley.

Kapoor said, “The details on displacement and resettlement provided by the department revealed that a total of 1.54 lakh have been displaced in the last 30 years out of which 1,35,426 (88 per cent) were Hindus.”

The data shows that 44,283 families and 1,54,161 people are registered in the department. Of these, a total of 21,192 families and 70,218 people are being provided government assistance. These include 53,978 Hindus, 11,212 Muslims, 5,013 Sikhs and 15 others.

No government aid for nearly half of the displaced

The reply said that out of the displaced, 23,091 families and 83,943 people were not provided any assistance. There are 81,448 Hindus, 949 Muslims, 1,542 Sikhs and four others.

On the question of facilities being provided to the displaced including financial assistance, the department said, “Rs 3,250 per month is being given to each registered person as cash assistance. Apart from this, nine kilograms of rice, two kilograms of flour and one kilogram of sugar are being given to each family every month.

RTI activist Kapoor the wire Told that the Narendra Modi government or the Jammu and Kashmir administration has not yet disclosed the data on how many Kashmiri Pandits who have migrated from the state have been resettled in Jammu and Kashmir.

number of deaths

Apart from this, information provided to Kapoor by the DSP of Srinagar and the Central Information Officer in Kashmir revealed that during the period 1990 to 2021, a total of 1,724 people were killed by terrorists in the state. The reply said that 89 of these were Kashmiri Pandits while the remaining 1,635 belonged to other religions.

Kapoor said the data showed that most of the people killed in the Valley since the outbreak of militancy in 1990 were Muslims.

He said that it would be wrong to only portray Kashmiri Pandits as the biggest victims of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

As mentioned earlier, the figures obtained by Kapoor are from 1990 and do not contain any details of the killing of around 100 Kashmiri Pandits killed in the state in 1989.

a recent Fact Checking Team of Media House had contacted Kapoor for some clarifications.

The results revealed two aspects, which showed that the murder figures were for the entire state and not just in Srinagar and that the killings in 1989 (when the mass killings started) were not included in it.

The Hindu According to a 2010 report by Shujaat Bukhari, 219 Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in the Valley since 1989.

According to this report, then former Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla, in response to a question in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, said that during 1989 to 2004, 219 Pandits were killed in Kashmir.