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Kashmiri Pandit exodus: Target killing… 1990 scene again in Kashmir, exodus of Kashmiri Pandits started


Highlights

  • Terrorists again spread terror in Kashmir
  • Kashmiri Pandits are being targeted again like in the 1990s
  • Kashmiri Pandits returned to Kashmir after many decades, again laborers to leave the valley
  • Most returned to Kashmir after getting government jobs under special package
  • The central government had given flats to Kashmir Pandits to live by making a colony.

Salim Pandit, Srinagar
In the last few days, fresh attacks on minorities have started in Kashmir. The terrorists killed four members of the minority community in three days. The panic intensified after the killing of two government school teachers in Srinagar. After this incident, many families of Kashmiri Pandits have started migrating here, while many other families are preparing to leave the valley in the next few days.

Dozens of Kashmiri Pandit families were seen leaving Sheikhpora. This is the area that was established in 2003 for the resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits in Budgam district. The son got a job under a special package launched by the Prime Minister in 2015, but Sharda Devi, along with her son and daughter-in-law, quietly left the house on Saturday and booked a cab.

‘Safe only in the colony, but what outside?’
Another Kashmiri Pandit said that they are very scared because of the recent killings. They do not have the courage to step outside the area. He said, ‘We are safe inside this colony as it has proper security, but we cannot go out for work. Some of us have to go to offices and thus cannot stay indoors all the time.

Had to run away in the middle of the night… now I have left the desire to return, the pain of Kashmiri Pandits will make emotional

lost hope of new life
Families of Kashmiri Pandits who had recently returned to the Valley were hopeful that after the children got government jobs, they would start their new life in Kashmir again. The government had also allotted them flats in Sheikhpura. But the targeted killings have once again let them down.

‘Once again forced to flee’
The 51-year-old Kashmiri Pandit, who came out with his family from Shopian, said, “We did not leave the valley even during the worst of the 1990s, but the targeted killings of minority communities have now forced us to migrate from here. .’
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‘Murder of new hopes along with the son’
Kanta Devi, mother of slain school teacher Deepak Chand, said the government could not ensure her son’s safety. We left the Valley in the 1990s. Had returned with hope but all the hopes died along with the son.

‘Terrorists threatened us too’
Deepak Chand’s cousin Vicky Mehra said that Kashmir is ‘hell for us, not heaven’. It is like repeating the situation of 1990 in the Valley. The government has failed to protect us. Vicky said that he had called Deepak, the terrorist picked up that call and threatened those people as well.

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‘Repeat 1990 scene’
Sanjay Tiku, president of Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, said that more than 500 people have started migrating from different areas like Budgam, Anantnag and Pulwama. There are also some non-Kashmiri Pandit families who have left. This is happening like in 1990, when hundreds of families were forced to leave everything and run away after saving their lives. We had sought an appointment with the Lt Governor’s office in June, but till now the time has not been given.

going from Kashmir to Jammu
Another Kashmiri Pandit organization said that some employees of the community, who got government jobs as part of the rehabilitation package in 2010-11, have quietly started migrating to Jammu out of fear. He also accused the administration of not providing security. Meanwhile, the administration has given 10 days leave to the employees of the minority community, official sources said.

Kashmiri Pandit family

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