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Foundation laid for memorial to Kashmiri Pandits

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Jammu: A group of Kashmiri Pandits laid the foundation stone of a memorial dedicated to its community members, who were killed by militants over the past three decades, on the banks of Tawi river here.

Coming up on the lines of the Army’s war memorial, the “martyrs memorial” is said to be the biggest civilian memorial in Jammu, they said.

As the displaced community marks 31 years since their exodus from the Valley, Mata Badrakali Trust has laid the foundation for the first-ever memorial for those KPs, who were killed by militants, Mata Bhadrakali Asthapan Trust president Dilip Pandita told reporters here.

He said work on the project has been started with the laying of the foundation stone on Tuesday.

The structure will be crowned with a big dome while marble plates with names and dates of those who died will be inscribed on them. It is coming up on three acres of land at Thalwal on the banks of Tawi river, project in-charge Raj Kumar said.

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