After the recent attacks on non-Kashmir street vendors and laborers in Kashmir, panic has spread and now people from outside states working here have started fleeing the valley. A group of non-Kashmiri laborers gathered at the Srinagar railway station on Monday to go back to their respective states.
Dinesh Mandal, 60, from Bhagalpur, Bihar, has decided to leave Kashmir. He was regularly selling ice cream in Kashmir for the last 40 years. He said, ‘Things are bad. Non-Kashmiri people are being targeted. Vendors and laborers are being targeted. We cannot stay in Kashmir any more under these circumstances.
Taking decision to leave Kashmir
Another ice cream vendor Satish Kumar said, “Everyone is scared. Earlier vendors were targeted on the streets, but now people are being attacked in their rooms. We have decided to leave Kashmir after two non-Kashmiri people were killed in Kulgam on Saturday.
…but how can we live in Kashmir’
Kumar said, “The local people tell us to stop, but how can we live in Kashmir when we are in danger of losing our lives even in our rooms. If this problem is over and peace is restored, then we will think of returning to Kashmir.
Our family members are crying.. fear among non-Kashmiri migrants
A laborer, on condition of anonymity, said, “There is a lot of fear among non-Kashmiri migrants. In our homes, relatives are crying and asking us to return soon. We are very scared to hear the news of the killing of migrant workers. People are being murdered here every day.
‘Things will improve then I will think of returning’
Migrant workers say their families are asking to return home. Some of those who returned to their homes said that they would think of returning to the Valley only after the situation improved.
Terrorists wreak havoc on non-Kashmiris
Several civilians have been targeted in Kashmir in the past few days. Terrorists on Sunday killed two non-Kashmiri people and injured a third person in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.