Tributes paid to victims of Wandhama massacre
At least 23 Kashmiri Pandits were massacred by "unknown gunmen" on 25 January 1998 in Wandhama hamlet of Ganderbal district.
One of the survivors, Vinod Kumar Dhar, said the gunmen came to their house donning army uniforms, had tea with them, waiting for a radio message indicating that all Pandit families in the village had been covered.
After a brief conversation they rounded up all the members of the Pandit households and then summarily gunned them down with AK-47 assault rifles.
Chairman Public Service Commission SL Bhat, who was then divisional commissioner of Kashmir, said that soon after the massacre, he visited the village.
"What I saw was horrible. Everywhere there were dead bodies lying on the ground and some of them were charred," he said adding that one house had been put on fire by the gunmen.
Among the dead were 10 males, nine females and four children.
Bhat said that he does not know whether any probe had been conducted into the massacre to "expose the culprits".
The massacre sparked violent protests in New Delhi, where a Pandit organisation, 'Panun Kashmir' clashed with the police outside the office of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Till date, the investigation into the massacre has not been completed.
While paying tributes to the victims of the massacre, United Kashmiriyat Front chairman Bharat Raina demanded justice.
On Wednesday, UKF organised a Maha Shraad at Priyagaraj, Shadipora, for all the Kashmiri Pandits who were killed.
Raina demanded that a thorough probe be conducted into all killings of Pandits and punish those who were responsible for these gruesome killings.
UKF appeals to all international bodies, who seek resolution of Kashmir issue, to take a moral stand on Kashmiri Pandit killings and bring all perpetrators of the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits to book.