MILITANTS HAVE DAMAGED 127 TEMPLES|
TIMES OF INDIA
DELHI, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 1996
Jammu, February 19:
Militants damaged 127 temples and 16,000 houses of
Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley between 1986 and
1992, according to a report prepared by the Panun
Kashmir Movement (PKM). The report on "human
rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir" ,
submitted to the National Human Rights Commission
(NHRC), says 32 temples were destroyed by the
Kashmiri militants within 48 hours of the
demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on
December 6, 1992.
The maximum number of 47
temples were vandalised and damaged in February
1986, followed by 44 in 1992.
Of these, the maximum, 72
temples were vandalised in Anantnag, the rest in
Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Badgam and Shopian,
the report said.
The report said temple
lands had been usurped and the idols damaged by
Some of the temples like
Mata Khir Bhawani temple at Tulamula, Sun temple
at Mattan, Luok Bhawan temple and the Ganpatyar
temple, were destroyed in rocket and grenade
attacks, the report said.
It said highly derogatory
tirade continued against Hindu religion which hurt
religious sentiments of Kashmiri Pandits.
During last five years of
militancy, about 16,000 houses of Pandits were
looted and burnt by the militants, about 35 per
cent of these houses were in Anantnag, 20 per cent
in Srinagar, 25 per cent in Baramulla-Kupwara
districts and 15 per cent in Badgam and Pulwama
districts, the report said.