Jammu, March 02 (Scoop News) -: Leaders of various Hindu organizations on Friday said that it was the pressure of land mafia in Kashmir that prevented the successive governments from tabling the Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation Bill).
In a joint press conference, leaders of various organizations said that the damaged number of temples across the valley was much higher than the admission of the government during the Assembly proceedings recently. They claimed that There are more than 550 temples in
encroached, they said and added that the allied properties like cremation grounds, shishu samadian, were transformed into agriculture land.
The leaders of various organization including H.L.Chatta of All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference(ASKPC), Vinod Pandit of All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC), Karnail Chand of Dharmarth Trust Sudhar Sangarsh, D.N.Kissu of Non Camp Coordination committee, J&K thinkers Forum, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Preetam Sharma of Kranti Dal ,Vetasta Samaj Samti were present in joint press conference.
Leaders said that the five thousand years old heritage of Kashmiri Pandits was at verge of extinction and Government does nothing in this regard and added that his organization was going to organize seminars throughout the country and even abroad to press the demand.They further said that Government has contradicted its own statements as during last Assembly session in summer 2009, Government in reaction to a question of Chaman Lal Gupta said that only 103 temples were damaged but during the recent session at Jammu, it stated that 170 temples were damaged which automatically means that the vandalization of temples continued. The number increased by 67 within the period of some months, leaders said.
They said that this not only explodes the myth of the normalcy in Kashmir but also the hallow claims of the government of taking migrants back adding while according to government figures 103 temples were damaged during last two decades but around 67 temples were damaged within last few months which speaks volumes about the seriousness of the government towards Kashmiri migrants.
Leaders said either government was telling lies or it must accept that vandalisation of temples has reached to its peak during the last few months.
They demanded a probe into the leasing out of agriculture land belonging to Khir Bhawani Asthapan at Tulmulla Ganderbal.Ten kanals cremation ground at Fatehpora, Sarai of Vaital Beru Mandir, Rainawari Motyar Srinagar, temple land at Wanpoh Anantnag, Thameshwar Berav Mandir Tomalhal Pulwama, Barb Shekha temple Pargachu Shopian, Cremation ground at Telvani Anantnag, Shiv Temple Kak Sarai Srinagar, Sant Labu Shah temple Tulmullah Ganderbal, Nand Kisore temple Sumbal Sonwari, Shiv temple Aali Kadal Srinagar, Shiv temple Lelihar Pulwama, Ganesh temple Sonawar Srinagar, Shiv temple Kak sarai Srinagar, 40 kanal cremation ground at Handwara, land of Kapal moc-han temple at Shopian and Sarai of temple at Quazigund and Suhsmshaan bhumi Sagam have either been vandalized or encroached upon by both government as well as land mafia of the valley.
Leaders said that Government erected irrigation lift plants through foreyards of the migrant and non migrant houses, adding that the authorities even defied the court orders and continued to construct the lift plants in their yards.
They demanded a white paper on the issue of encroachments, damages of temples and the land of the migrants in
decades. He also demanded a thorough probe into the matter so that the guilty whosoever he may be is punished for the crime towards humanity.