Kashmiri Pandit Sampat Prakash begins hunger strike against separate townships -


Kashmiri Pandit Sampat Prakash begins hunger strike against separate townships



The Association headed by a Kashmiri Pandit Sampat Prakash assembled at Press Enclave here this morning and began hunger strike in a makeshift tent.
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All J&K Pensioners Welfare Association - an amalgam of senior citizens of civil society - began one day hunger strike on Saturday to oppose proposed separate township for Pandits and Sainiks. The Association headed by a Kashmiri Pandit Sampat Prakash assembled at Press Enclave here this morning and began hunger strike in a makeshift tent.


Sampat Prakash leads the hunger strike in Srinagar against separate townships for Pandits. Mubashir Khan/GKAll J&K Pensioners Welfare Association - an amalgam of senior citizens of civil society - began one day hunger strike on Saturday to oppose proposed separate township for Pandits and Sainiks.


The Association headed by a Kashmiri Pandit Sampat Prakash assembled at Press Enclave here this morning and began hunger strike in a makeshift tent.

Talking to media persons, Prakash termed Government of India’s proposal of setting up of Pandit and Sainik colonies a conspiracy to destroy “ethos of Kashmiriyat.”


“The three lakh pensioners will take lanes and by lanes of the valley and will launch state wide agitation in case government continues it nefarious designs against our brotherhood and Kashmiryat,” he said.


“These three lakh pensioners will come on roads along with their sons, daughters and grandsons and granddaughters,” he added.


He said, “Hatred is being created among people by nefarious designs that are strictly against brotherhood among Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits, and by setting up separate townships they want to create wedge between the communities in the pattern of Israel- Palestine conflict”.


Prakash said there are some fringe elements that are asking for separate townships. “Black sheep are present in every community and these fringe elements are just a handful of people, they do not represent the sentiments of whole Pandit community. In fact some of the ancestors of these people were RSS leaders here”.


“We will fight this conspiracy unanimously with all our might to shut the mouths of these conspirators who are hell bent to erode article 370, special status of J&K and unity among different communities belonging to different religions in the state,” Prakash said.