April 2003 News

12 Pandit families migrate from Valley

1 April 2003
News Network International

JAMMU: Twelve Pandit families have migrated from Kashmir Valley and they were camping at different places here. All the migrant families who reported at Geeta Bhavan Jammu said, they were feeling totally insecure in their respective villages after the Nadimarg killings in which 24 members of their community were brutally killed, daily Excelsior reported. Among the migrant families which reported here two belong to Rajhbagh Srinagar, three from Magam in Badgam district, one from Sirhama Anantnag, One each from Dadsar and Rammo in Pulwama and two from Tengpun village also in Pulwama district, one from Karan Nagar in Srinagar district. Besides one family has migrated from Bandipora in Baramulla district. According to one Sunita Bhat of Magam 'our decision to stay in Valley was totally wrong after the mass migration in 1989'. She said we were totally cut off socially and our children do not know their close relatives who had migrated to Jammu in 1989. Meanwhile, the ASKPC general secretary, Hira Lal Chatta, its senior vice president, R K Raina and BJP spokesman, S K Ganjoo have demanded immediate registration of these families. They also urged the government to ensure the safety of all minorities in Kashmir. P L Koul Badgami, another community leader has however appealed the Kashmiri Pandits residing in Valley not to take any decision in hurry. He while urging the community leaders to maintain restraint, said the need of hour is that further migration should not be encouraged from the Valley in the greater national interests. But at the same time he demanded fool proof security for the KPs putting up in Kashmir.


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