J&K Civil Society Jammu released its interim report on Kishtwar communal violence on Sunday. The report has termed Village Defense Committees (VDC’s) as a big source of ‘sense of security’ for the minorities in the hilly areas and particularly of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts and has said that the Hindu minority community in Kishtwar is under serious threat of ethnic cleansing.
The interim report was released by Ashwani Sharma, MLA, Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, Human Rights Activist, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Intellectual and Columnist, Dineshwar Singh Jamwal, Civil Rights Activist and Sardar KCS Mehta, Educationist at Bahoo Plaza in Jammu.
The report has claimed that government failed to protect the property and lives of Hindu minority. It said that the culprits responsible for violence should be punished as per law to instill confidence in the peace loving citizens of Kishtwar district. It said that irrespective of its ‘political fall-out’ the Village Defense Committees should be strengthened further in the national interest.
Civil Society Jammu in its report has castigated Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for not visiting Kishtwar even once after the eruption of communal violence in the town. “This is a sorry state of affairs particularly when his deputy has been forced to resign under pressure. He is expected to pay a visit to the district and take cognizance of the complaints of the people against the government and resolve their concerns about security of their life,welfare and peaceful co-existence,” the report reads.
The report further states that the government has failed to provide any relief to the victims of the carnage which speaks volumes about the non-seriousness of the government and the administration.