Ahmedabad, Feb 14 (PTI): The head of All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), Vinod Pandit today called off his indefinite hunger strike formally at Porbandar following an appeal by the Jammu and Kashmir government assuring him that his demands were being examined.
APMCC is an organisation representing displaced Kashmiri pandits.
“Vinod Pandit called off his fast unto death after J&K government issued a appeal through its revenue, relief and rehabilitation minister Aijaz Ahmed Khan requesting him to end the fast as the government was examining his demands at the appropriate levels,” APMCC national spokesperson King Bharati told PTI over phone from Porbandar.
“I talked to the minister on phone who requested us to end the fast as Pandit’s health was deteriorating. He said the J&K government as well as the Gujarat government were concerned about Vinod Pandit’s health,” Bharati said.
Bharati said the minister told him it was not advisable to wait till a representative is deputed from J&K government keeping in view the medical condition of Pandit.
The condition of Vinod, Bharati said, was a matter of concern as he was on fast for 15 days and had lost more than 10 kilograms. He was admitted to the hospital last night as his health deteriorated.
Pandit was on an indefinite fast at Porbandar since January 30 over APMCC’s demands which include dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visits to Sharda Peeth Temple in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
Other major demands are establishment of a Sharda Peeth University in J&K, passing of the pending Kashmir Temples and Shrines Bill and a special employment package for non-migrant Hindus.
APMCC Kashmir in-charge Sandeep Bhat and Punjab and Haryana coordinator Sunil Kumar Trakroo said that they were satisfied with the agitation as it was for the first time that the J&K government had at least accepted that there were issues and gave a written assurance in this regard.
Bhat warned that if the state government fails to respond again, the agitation will now be fought in every nook and corner of the country and it will be a national movement.