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Advocate writes to Prez Kovind, urges re-opening of Kashmiri Pandits’ killings cases

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Vineet Jindal, an advocate and social activist has written to President Ram Nath Kovind and sought direction to reopen all cases relating to the “massacre” of Kashmiri Pandits. In his letter, Jindal has also urged the President to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the incidents of killings of Kashmiri Pandits in 1989-90 in the Kashmir valley. Jindal said in the letter that the SIT should “thoroughly investigate the cases reported till now and provide a platform to the victims who were unable to report their cases previously due to unfavourable circumstances prevailing then with the objective of ensuring justice.”

The advocate contested that “if matters pertaining to anti-Sikh riots, which took place 33 years ago, can be reopened and reinvestigated then even the cases of the Kashmiri pundits, which happened 27 years ago, can also be reopened and reinvestigated”.

Jindal in his letter stated that the victims of the incidents were in a state of “physical, emotional and mental trauma and struggling for their livelihood for past many years and they were not in a state to get their complaints registered, statements recorded and therefore are devoid of an opportunity to justice.”

Keeping forward his argument, Jindal wrote, “As already said the onus of the justice largely lies with the police officials and administrative authorities, who have quite been ignorant of the massacre and the losses. Such Kashmiri pundits should be given a chance to look forward to the government and the authorities concerned”.

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