In Kashmir police established check posts to stop migrant Kashmiri Pandits travelling to Jammu


Migrant Kashmiri Pandit employees trying to leave Kashmir Valley are being stopped at several police check posts on Srinagar-Jammu National highway, Police has established check posts to stop mass migration of pandits from valley. The agitated Pandit community continue their protests against government, amendment on their demand of relocation outside Valley.

Several groups of migrant Kashmiri Pandit employees were seen protesting today as well in different parts of Kashmir including Srinagar, a protesting Kashmiri Pandit said “administration is playing politics with us which is very unfortunate. Yesterday we set a deadline before administration that if our demand of relocation to outside valley is not met we will start mass migration”. 

The protesters said “it is unfortunate from the government end, it’s the failure of government, they have locked us here since yesterday. Those families who had left yesterday midnight have been stopped at vesu, Police has established special check points on Srinagar-Jammu National highway and are checking ID’s of Kashmiri pandits to stop their migration towards Jammu”. When contacted by News24 Police officials denied the allegations levelled by Protesting Kashmiri Pandit employees and said they haven’t stopped anyone from travelling to Jammu from any part of the Kashmir, neither police held any Kashmiri Pandits inside the secured migrant colonies, they said.

The fresh spurt in the protests by migrant Kashmiri pandit employees are being witnessed since the killing of female hindu teacher Rajni Bala at Kulgam yesterday. The protesters said government has failed in providing them security in Kashmir valley and the have left with only option of relocation from Kashmir to others areas to save their lives till the situation improves here. One of the Kashmiri Pandit employee said “we are all ready for mass migration to Jammu and are checking the rates of trucks and other transport for the purpose, let’s see what happens till evening, if the government didn’t take any decision we will start migration tomorrow”.

Meanwhile the Jammu and Kashmir government sources said that all the Kashmiri Pandit employees working under Prime Minister’s Rehabilitation Package (PMRP) will be posted at secured locations by June 6.

Official sources in the administration told News24 that all the PM Package employees and others from minority communities posted in Kashmir division will be immediately posted at secured locations and the process to be completed by Monday itself.

The official said that approximately 4500 migrant employees have been posted at District or Municipal Town areas. “In last week, around 500 employees, as per their request,  transferred to the location as preferred by them, including around 100 employees’ couple,” officials said”.

Kashmiri Pandit employees have been up in arms against the administration seeking relocation from Kashmir in the wake of killing of Rahul Bhat, an employee, who was killed inside Tehsil office Chadoora, Budgam.


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