On this day in 1990 hundreds of thousands of protesters, along with armed militants, occupied streets of Kashmir shouting slogans against the minority community which eventually led to their exodus from the valley.
"Those days are not far when the displaced people will return to their Kashmir with dignity and honour. The BJP will leave no stone unturned in solving the problems of the hapless people who were forced to leave the Valley," Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit chief Sat Sharma said.
A J&K Police survey found 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants since 1989, leading to the registration of 140 cases in police stations across the Valley. Years later, chargesheets had been filed in only 24 cases. The festering wound of Pandit migration has remained a reason why even genuine political demands of Kashmiri Muslims continue to be viewed through a communal prism.
BJP national vice president and in-charge Jammu and Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna had earlier written a letter to PM Modi, urging him and Sushma Swaraj for an appropriate action to allow the Hindus of the state to visit the shrine.
Over 500 Kashmiri Pandits held demonstrations in Jammu to protest against the failure of the police to trace a constable who went missing from Kupwara district 11 days ago and demanded a CBI probe into it.
"We want to return to Kashmir but when there is a mutual agreement. When we can mutually decide what is in our best interests, then comes the government's involvement," said Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Reshi.