Jammu and Kashmir Government won’t allow Abhinav Gupta Yatra


Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday said it won’t allow the proposed yatra to “AbhinavGupt cave” in Beerwah area of Budgam district. Government spokesman and minister for Education told in an interview that no such yatra will be allowed. “No such yatra will be allowed. This has been made clear already by Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minster,” Akhtar added.

Akhtar said that traditional pilgrimages and fairs will be allowed. “We have not received any such proposal. In case there is any proposal, the government will not allow it,” he said. The minister said that holding such a yatra is rumours only and should not be taken seriously. The Government’s categorical no to the yatra comes on the day Chairman Hurriyat Conference-G Syed Ali Shah Geelani opposed it terming it as a move by “RSS-backed communal forces to implement their cultural aggression program in J&K”.

“The communal elements have prepared a baseless story regarding the cave in Beerwah area which is far from the reality,” Geelani said in a statement today. Terming as “ridiculous” the yatra proposal, Geelani said J&K High Court, while hearing a petition, had also made it clear that there was no circumstantial evidence available to prove the claims about the cave and the Revenue Department had also denied any “such story”. “It is actually an act of cultural aggression by the communal forces and is aimed to harm the Muslim identity of the state. These actions are politically motivated and are aimed at diverting the attention from the serious situations in Kashmir. They want to disturb the communal harmony of the state so that they can project the genuine struggle of Kashmiris as a communal issue,” Geelani said. “We have always welcomed the Yatris and tourists from India but we cannot compromise with our Muslim and cultural identity.”

A New Delhi based organization, Acharaya Abhinav Gupt Sheshadri Samroh Samiti, had announced to conduct the Yatra, for the first time, in the 2nd week of June. The Samiti, an amalgam of different organization and headed by founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, had said the yatra would be open to participation of people from Jammu and Kashmir and outside.