The Kausar Nag Bachao Front on Tuesday rejected a claim of Government of India and said that Kausar Nag was never a Yatra destination.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday had claimed that before the onset of militancy in 1989, traditionally the devotees used to visit the Kausar Nag Lake situated at an altitude of about 12,000 feet in Pir Panjal range.
Singh had reportedly said the devotees used to visit this place in an unorganized manner to perform puja on the day of Naag Panchami in the Shravan month of Hindu calendar.
“The Puja, however, got disrupted with the eruption of militancy. The Puja was resumed by devotees a few years back following improvement in the overall security scenario through its traditional route — Gul Gulab Garh via Reasi with its base camp at Chassana village in Reasi district of Jammu region,” Singh had said.
However, terming the claim of the government as ‘baseless’, General Secretary of the Front, Sajjad Noorabadi told GNS that there is no historical background of the Yatra. “It was never a place for Yatra. People used to go there just to travel with no religious intention.”
He said the issue has been ‘unnecessarily drifted’ towards religious factor and politics. “It must been seen through environmental point of view,” he said.
“We don’t want another Dal or Jhelum Lake over here. We have no issues with Kashmiri Pandits. We would appreciate their return to the valley,” he added.