July 08, 2018

India: Letter to J&K Governor Concerning the threat to the life of Sanjay Tickoo, President Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS)

Letter dtd July 2, 2018
To: His Excellency the Governor,
State of Jammu and Kashmir,
Raj Bhawan, Srinagar/ Jammu

Subject: Serious issues related to threat to life to the applicant and one of the members of Kashmiri Pandit (Non-Migrant) Community living in Kashmir Valley.

Hon'ble Sir,
With reference to the subject cited above, it is most humbly submitted as under for kind perusal of His Excellency with the request to direct the concerned to take necessary steps.

That it is a known fact that few days before Shri Syed Shujat Bhukhari, Senior Journalist was assassinated along with his two security guards in broad day light in heart of the city by unknown gunmen. It is also a fact that just few days before this heinous crime a hate campaign was stated on one of the blogs namely kashmirfight.wordpress.com was started and the security agencies believe that there is a link between the assassination of Shri Syed Shujat Bukhari and the blog and till date it is not confirmed who actually runs this blog and from which place.

We strongly believe that this blog is more like a hit list of 1990's which were made by the militants to execute the killing of common men and women. After the assassination of Shri Syed Shujat Bukhari, two more journalist names surfaced in the blog and the news of the same came into the press that the journalists are under life threat.

On 28.06.2018, we came to know that on the said blog a list is being displayed with some misleading and frivolous claims and in the list two non migrant Kashmiri Pandit names are also figuring, one is of applicant i.e. Sanjay Tickoo and other name of Vijay who is a government employee and is working in State High Court at Srinagar. Though the matter was immediately brought into the notice of security agencies at all levels, but we are not aware what actually has been done in the matter and how our life will be protected if any unforeseen incident happens to our lives.

On 30.06.2018, applicant along with another victim of this said blog tried hard to meet Shri Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Hyderpora to talk about this blog (hit list) and the threat perception that applicant along with another victim feel, but unfortunately the concerned Police Officers did not allowed us to meet him for the reasons best known to them only.

It is irony, we non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits are under life threat, neither have we been made aware about what State Security Agencies are doing in this regard nor they allow us to take necessary precautions to safeguard our lives. If anything untoward happens to us or our family members, the onus for the same will also lie on the Security Agencies working in Kashmir because of their callous approach on the issue.

As such, it is most humbly requested, that we may be made aware what actually Security Agencies are doing to protect our lives and also the concerned Police Station i.e. P/S Kral Khud be directed to register necessary F.l.R. against unknown persons as we are feeling threat to life and initiate investigations under rules to nab the culprit at an earliest.

Also, a formal communication was also faxed few days before, about granting of some time for appointment to talk various important issues related to Kashmiri Pandits (non-migrant) living in Kashmir, it is requested that the said communication be considered on priority basis and some valuable time be spared from your good self busy schedule so that some hard pressed issues related to Kashmiri Pandits (non-migrant) living in Kashmir could be discussed and redressed properly and obliged

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours faithfully
Sanjay Tickoo

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Dated: 2.7. 2018