Homeless fire victim Pandit family seeks help, ‘Refused by Prabandakh Committee’

Homeless fire victim Pandit family seeks help, ‘Refused by Prabandakh Committee’


SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri Pandit family who lost their residential house in a devastating fire alleged that despite receiving massive funds all over India for the help of Pandits in Kashmir Valley, none of the socio-religious organizations helps them.

The homeless Pandith family alleged that these so called organizations didn’t help the needy and downtrodden Pandits living in Kashmir Valley.

Kashmiri Pandit Omkar Nath Kachru, who has also staged a silent protest in Press Enclave in Srinagar to seek support and register his protest against these organizations said,  that on 16 February his house located near Zeithyar Mandir Rajbhavan was completely gutted in a devastating fire and since then he has living under open sky.

He said that he went to Zeashta Devi Prabandakh Committee’ (ZDPC) for help, but a member of this organizations refused to help him despite the fact more than 70 rooms are in their possession.

“ZDPC members receive funds from Hindu organizations all over India. They have built up large settlements and instead of providing any help to any needy Pandit these members charge money for a day or night stay in their rooms,” he said.

“I had requested ZDPC to provide a room for me till I built my house again, but they declined. It is high time to expose the members of ZDPC. They get massive donations and instead of helping poor and needy, they fill their coffers. We appeal to all organizations that provide donations to ZDPC to make the members accountable,”  Kachru said.

General Secretary ZDPC Rakesh Koul has reportedly said that the house of fire victim’s sister is intact and he can stay there. “We can’t provide him any room as they are meant for Yatri’s,” he said.