March 2003 News

Mufti Govt using force to prevent migration

30 March 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Jammu: Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits who wished to leave the valley fearing more Nadimarg type attacks are being forced to stay back by the Mufti Government which have even deployed police force to prevent migration, a forum representing the community alleged on Sunday. Mufti Government has forced nearly 10000 Kashmiri Pundits to stay back in valley despite intelligence reports of more such attack by the Pakistan backed terrorists' General Secretary of the All India Kashmiri Pandit Conference (AIKPC) HL Chatta told PTI in Jammu on sunday. Pandits, who are living in 271 places in valley are unsafe, he said adding Mufti government had deployed policemen at routes and around villages with substantial population of that community, to prevent them from migrating. Chatta warned of serious consequences if the Pandits, willing to migrate, were forced to remain their against their wishes. A Nadimarg survivor, Manohar Nath Pandit, who lost his father, wife, and one son said here there was fear among Pundits but government was not allowing their kiths and kins to migrate despite their hamlet being still a target of terrorists. 'Everyone have packed their household gadgets for migration but police is preventing them from moving out of valley', one of Manohar's son who escaped the attack, said. As many as 10 families have already migrated from Nadimarg, Pulwama, Mattan and Karan Nagar areas of valley to Jammu after the attack.


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