The displaced Kashmiri Pandits today observed "martyrs' day" and dedicated a memorial here to hundreds of their community leaders and members killed in Jammu and Kashmir since 1947.
The memorial was set up on the banks of the Ranbir canal, a tributary of the river Chanderbagga popularly known as river Chinab.
The memorial was inaugurated by Swami Kumar G and BJP MLC G L Raina who were flanked by British leader Lakshmi Kaul and former Jammu Municipal Corporation commissioner Kiran Watal at a function here.
"We have setup a martyr memorial at banks of Ranbir canal as a tribute to martyrs of Kashmiri Pandits (KP) since 1947. It is a tribute to our community members including leaders, academicians, judges, journalists, teachers, poets and bureaucrats killed by militants and Pakistan raiders since 1947", Atharot organisation Chief Kanwal Peshin said.
Meanwhile in Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandits observed the "martyrs' day" in Verinag in Anantnag district.
"It is for the first time that KPs have observed Balidan divas in Kashmir. We paid tributes to martyrs of the community at Verinag", said Vinood Pandita who led All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) activists.
All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) organised a programme in Jammu and paid tributes to "martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country since militancy started in the Stateparticularly in Kashmir."
Rich tributes where paid to two veteran pandit leaders – Tika Lal Taploo and Prem Nath Bhat.
ASKPC president Ravinder Raina said that 14th September was dedicated to the memory of Kashmiri Pandit "martyrs."
Chairman Kashmiri Pandit Joint Action Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said that the "issues related to the genocide of the pandit community were very sensitive and emotional."
"We have demanded the setting up of a Special Crimes Tribunal that would investigate all those cases of murder, mayhem and persecution of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir and also fix responsibility on the perpetrators of such crimes against humanity and bring them to justice," Chrungoo said. PTI