Pune (Maharashtra): Pune Two members of the Kashmiri Pandit community were allegedly stopped by the police from attending an event of the film “The Kashmir Files” on Thursday, said Rohit Kachroo, national coordinator, “India 4 Kashmir”. The program “The Kashmir Files – An Ardh Truth” was organized by the Pune-based organization Yuva Kranti Dal. The keynote address in the program was to be given to historian Ashok Kumar Pandey.
Kachroo said that the members of the Kashmiri Pandit community wanted to attend the program to ask some questions related to the Kashmiri Pandit issues. “The title of the event suggests that the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ was a half-truth, so if it is half-true then the organizers will answer our questions. We had approached the Kothrud police station to get permission to attend the event. That we will not be called intruders in the event, but they did not allow us to go to the event and took us into custody,” said Rohit Kachru.
Meanwhile, Pune Police said the members were not allowed to attend the event to prevent any law and order situation. Mahendra Jagtap, senior inspector of Kothrud police station said, “To avoid law and order situation, we asked them not to attend the program and served a notice under section 149 to Rohit Kachru. Our aim was not to allow any law and order situation to arise. in the programme. We also tried to persuade them to make arrangements to speak with the organizers before the event. However, the meeting between the Kashmiri Pandit representative and the organizer of the event did not take place.
Earlier on Thursday, members of the Kashmiri Pandit community along with other supporting local organizations wrote to the Kothrud police station asking them to cancel the event, suspecting that it was spreading false facts. He said the event would hurt sentiments which would result in strong protests or law and order situation. ‘Kashmir Files’ is a film based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s. The film, which has entered the Rs 200 crore business club, has been the center of discussion ever since its release earlier this month.