Kothrud, 7th April 2022: A Kashmiri Pandit youth who went to submit an application to protest against an event organised against the film ‘The Kashmir Files’, was kept at the Kothrud police station along with his supporters. He was released after the intervention of BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Murlidhar Mohol.
A discussion on ‘The Kashmir Files … a half-truth’ was held today from 5 pm at Gandhi Bhavan, Kothrud. Ashok Kumar Pandey, the author of ‘Kashmirnama’, ‘Kashmir aur Kashmiri Pandit’ and ‘Usne Gandhi Ko Kyun Mara’ and many more, discussed the film with respect to various incidents in the past. He claimed that the film shows half-truths. The founder of the Yuvak Kranti Dal Dr Kumar Saptarshi presided over the event.
In a video message, Kachroo said that he had been detained since afternoon at the police station. “I wanted to keep the police in the loop before going to the event to counter the false narrative which was to be discussed about Kashmiri Pandits. Police should have cancelled the event or allowed us to ask questions to the organisers.”
He was released after the program got over around 7 pm.
Fadnavis tweeted, “Rohit Kachroo has just been released by the Police. Not just this time, but we shall continue to raise voice against such injustice against our Kashmiri Pandit brothers by #MVA Govt.”
Rohit Kachroo has just been released by the Police.
Not just this time, but we shall continue to raise voice against such injustice against our Kashmiri Pandit brothers by #MVA Govt.#Pune #Maharashtra #Kashmiri https://t.co/9OxYxniIxb
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) April 7, 2022
Mohol went to the police station and got Kachroo and others released.
ज्याचं अख्खं बालपण दहशतीच्या छायेत गेलं…
जो ‘काश्मिर फाईल्स’ विषयी शंका घेणारांना वस्तुस्थिती सांगू इच्छितोय…
त्या काश्मिरी पंडित युवक @RohitInExile ला पोलीस ठाण्यातच बसवून ठेवण्याचा प्रकार चीड आणणारा आहे.
त्याची सुटका केल्यावर ऐकलेली आपबिती तर थरकाप उडवणारी होती. pic.twitter.com/ArDuBfA6U0
— Murlidhar Mohol (@mohol_murlidhar) April 7, 2022
When contacted, Senior Police Inspector Mahendra Jagtap, in-charge of Kothrud police station, told PunekarNews.in, “He was never detained. He is making unnecessary issue.”
Speaking to PunekarNews.in, Kachroo said, “Myself and two others including a woman were detained and not allowed to go outside the police station till the event got over.”
Meanwhile, during the program, author Ashok Kumar Pandey said, “Like Hridaynath Wanchhu, 5,000 Pandits of Kashmir have not left the valley. Even today, the Pandits living in the Kashmir Valley have not received help by going on a hunger strike. Delhi has always wanted a puppet government in the Kashmir Valley. When Jagmohan was the governor, two elected governments were overthrown. Political assassinations started in the Kashmir Valley as the anti-India sentiment of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism erupted. High-ranking Kashmiri Pandits were killed which naturally terrified the community. The number of Kashmiri Pandits killed is said to be around 5,000. Initially, the killings were politically motivated but later they started on religious lines. But Muslims, including Mirwaiz Farooq, have also been killed.”
He added, “Jagmohan and VP Singh (then Prime Minister) did not stop Kashmiri Pandits as they were leaving the valley. On the contrary, some local Kashmiri Muslims were rescuing the Pandits. After Rajiv Gandhi laid siege to Parliament, it was decided to send troops to the valley. During the Jagmohan era, decisions were taken without considering public sentiment. There should be no attempt to spoil social harmony by telling half-truths about that time.
Pandits who have been living outside the Kashmir Valley for three decades and have gained stability do not want to go back to Kashmir. However, Pandits living in rehabilitation camps (transit camps) are expected to return home. They should be provided security, stability and employment. The political dialogue process must continue. We should not look at Kashmir from the perspective of ‘they’ and ‘we’ as in the case of ‘Kashmir Files’, we should understand the intricacies of it. The path of love should be adopted instead of hatred. The purpose of art should be to create positivity. Abuse should not work.”
Is the marketing of movies the job of the Prime Minister? : Dr Kumar Saptarshi
“The film shows heinous violence. The aim is to create hatred toward Muslims. Is the marketing of movies the job of the Prime Minister? That’s why the censor board released the film. Efforts are being made to transform Hindus into a blind devotees. The trick is to destroy harmony. We must decide to remain Indians who abide by the Constitution”, Dr Saptrishi said.