Non-locals Fleeing Kashmir Valley
28 July 2007
Srinagar: Non-Kashmiri labourers residing here are fleeing the valley following a week-long ultimatum given to them by the Hizbul Mujahideen to leave the place 'honourably.' Blaming these labourers of spreading immoral activities in the valley, the outfit served them the notice last evening. Bus stands in towns and villages are thronged by the labourers hailing from Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Haryana, Punjab and Nepal to catch the first available vehicles to leave the valley. 'We endorsed and support the statement of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani regarding outsiders and ask them to leave Kashmir within a week for their own safety,' Hizbul spokesman Junid-ul-Islam said here on Friday. Mr. Geelani had asked the non-Kashmiri labourers to leave the valley after a girl was raped and murdered in Kupwara district.