Frequent Kidnappings and Killings; Hindus in Quetta demand protection from Government

Quetta, Friday, December 23, 2011: Members of the Hindu community staged a protest demonstration in front of the Baluchistan Assembly today against increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom in the province.

The protestors took out a procession from Arya Samaj temple on Masjid Road and after marching through different parts of the city, staged a protest demonstration in front of the Baluchistan Assembly building.

The protesting people, including children, were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans demanding protection from criminals.

Addressing the protestors, Raday Sham and Dr Maher Chand, members of Hindu Panchayat, said police should investigate the killing of young Hindu trader Ravi Kumar, whose bullet-riddled body was found in Quetta after his family failed to pay the ransom money
to his abductors.

The members of the Hindu community raised slogans against the government for its failure to protect the life of those belonging to minority communities.

Provincial minister for minorities Basant Lal Gulshan and Minister for Revenue Zamurkh Khan Achakzai addressed the protesting Hindu community members and tried to pacify them.

Achakzai said that the law enforcing agencies were constantly striving against the kidnapping gangs operating in Quetta and other parts of the province.

“Police have booked many suspects and also carrying out raids in different localities including Saryab and Pashtunabad areas of Quetta. Soon, the criminals will be brought to book,” he ensured.

The protestors called off their protest after the provincial minster assured them that he will arrange a meeting between a delegation of Hindu community and Chief Minister, to resolve the issues.

Besides Shia’s and Punjabis, religious minorities like Hindus have also been on the hit list of the terrorists. However the Baluchistan government seems helpless and unmoved over the issue. Ever since the provincial government has been formed, most of its
leadership is residing in Islamabad. They have never preferred to go and reside there in the province.

If the situations persists and the affectees are not provided with the sought relief, they will be left with no other option except to migrate to some other part of the country.