Dozens of social activists Thursday held a sit-in here at Pratap Park against the alleged ‘harassment and vandalism’ at the hands of forces during Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) in Kashmir and demanded an immediate end to it.
“Property worth lakhs has been vandalized and people are harassed in the name of CASO which should be stopped,” said DrAmitWanchoo, a social activist and urged the administration to take note of ‘vandalism and harassment’ by forces across Kashmir.
“Collateral damage and harassment by the forces in the name of CASOshould be stopped,” he demanded.
Taking note of the alleged harassment and vandalism by the forces in Tahab village of South Kashmir’s Pulwamadistrict earlier this month, Imtiyaz Ahmad, an activist said it is an attempt to terrorize and evict them. “We do not want 90’s like situation to be repeated when our Pandit brothers left their native land and have been living in different parts of India,” he said and added that Kashmir is example of brotherhood and peace which won’t be allowed to be fiddled with or harmed in any case.
As per media reports Panditcommunity was allegedly harassed by the government forces in Pulwamavillage during CASO this month in which property worth lacs was vandalized and members were harassed.
Inam-un-Nabi, social activist and former AIP (AwamiItehad Party) spokesperson condemned theharassment on people in Kashmir and added, “It is very unfortunate that CASO is being used as a tool to harass people and sabotage their property, which must be stopped.”
Several reports on daily basis pour in alleging government forces of vandalism and harassment in different parts of Kashmir during CASOs.
The sit-in was jointly held by different social activists from different areas of Kashmir. Several Pandit activists of the valley were also part of the sit-in.