Srinagar: Having put a brave front against the repeated threats of terrorists, the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharash Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) have now challenged the state government’s list of Kashmiri Pandits killed since the outbreak of militancy in 1990.

According to official records, 219 Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in militant activities in the past 21 years. However, KPSS members have rejected the state government data by claiming that 399 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the aforesaid time span.

A member of the organization said, “Till now we have confirmed 399 deaths and the count is still on, and we have also raised a demand for CBI probe into the killings.”

KPSS President Sanjay Tickoo said, “We have prepared the data on basis of the FIRs lodged at different police stations.” He said the count is still on and the list is expected to complete by July this year.

“To avoid any confusion over the issue we will include name of the deceased, FIR number, time and place of death and details of their family members,” he added.

Tickoo said that 154 Kashmiri Pandits were killed during May and June in 1990 alone. “Over 300 Kashmiri Pandits were killed ten months before militant attacks started in the Valley in 1990,” said Tickoo.

 “On one hand the state government has extended support to Kashmiri Pandits, simultaneously it is releasing terrorists like Bitta Karate who have openly confessed the killing of people belonging to the community,” Tickoo mentioned.

He added, “Pandits are not against the Kashmiri Muslims and it is only because of their support we have managed to survive here. A small section of anti-social elements have targeted Kashmiri Pandits.”

JPN/Bureau