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Kashmiri Pandits Protest At AICC, Burn Effigy Of Manish Tewari

PTI 27 Jan 2010, 21:36:24 IST

The Kashmiri Pandit community on Wednesday in New DelhiĀ  held a demonstration at the AICC headquarters here condemning the reported statement of Congress spokesman Manish Tewari that the community did not leave the valley due to terrorism.

Held under the banner of Kashmiri Samiti, Delhi, the demonstrators burnt the effigy of Tewari and asked the government to spell out its policy about them.

L N Dhar, President of the Kashmiri Samiti alleged that Tewari, during a TV channel discussion had said that Kashmiri Pandits left the valley because of the fear psychosis created by the then Governor Jagmohan and not due to terrorism.

"This statement is totally baseless and is insulting for the Kashmiri Pandit community, which has badly suffered for the last 20 years and also for the security forces for making supreme sacrifices while fighting against terrorism."

The demonstrators asked whether Tewari's statement was the official position of the Congress or he was expressing his own opinion.

Reacting to the demonstration, AICC media department secretary Tom Vadakkan said that Tewari was quoted out of context in a free-wheeling panel discussion on a television channel. PTI