Muzaffrabad refugees blame Govt for discrimination
19 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Accusing the Centre and State Governments for discrimination with Sikhs, the Muzaffrabad Displaced Community today said that they were deprived of justice because majority of them belongs to Sikh community. Talking to media-persons here this morning, the chairman of the Community, Joginder Singh Raina alleged that despite the hundreds of the community members sacrificed their lives for the nation in 1947 Kabali invasion, the Government of India and J&K did not gave them the due recognition. He said though memorials were created for the war heros and freedom fighters of other community but not for the members of the valiant Sikh Community who blocked the invaders by giving them tough resistance for days together. He said October 22, 1947 was a holocaust day in the history of Muzaffrabad Sikhs as on this day hundreds of community members laid down their lives for the national cause by taking on Pak invaders. He demanded that October 22 be declared as Public holiday in honour of these martyrs, the memorials of the prominent people of Muzaffrabad be constructed who laid down their lives in 1947, a piece of land be allotted within Municipal limits for establishing the Ashram of Gufawala Sant of Muzaffrabad and the refugees be allotted the land for construction of colonies on the pattern of Mir Pur and Kotli refugees. He also demanded compensation for left over properties, economic package, share in employment and administration, political recognition and other rights for the community enshrined in the Constitution. Mr Raina declared that this year on October 22, the Sant Bhai Dev Singh Memorial Committee in association with the Community will organize a function at Gurdwara Camp Digiana to pay homage to martyrs of Muzaffrabad.