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Jammu KashmirOngoing turmoil relegates issue of KPs return to Kashmir

Ongoing turmoil relegates issue of KPs return to Kashmir


, September 1 (KIP):- If any section of people in is hit
owing to the prolonged turmoil in the valley, by scare it is those
Kashmiri Pandits who had accepted employment under the Prime
Minister's job package. The Congress led UPA Government had announced
to bear the wages for 3,000 Pandit employees and for the remaining
3,000 the then state Government should bear the wage bill.

However, the  then state Government informed the Congress led
UPA Government that it was not possible for NC-Congress coalition
Government to meet the wage bill of 3,000 employees because of
financial stringency. Even under the central package over  1800
Pandits accepted employment package under which they had to serve in
the valley and not expect any transfer.

However, the ongoing turmoil has forced majority of the
Pandit employees to flee the valley and take shelter in Jammu.

In fact the ongoing  turmoil and violence have  discouraged
majority of Pandits for accepting Government's  policy on return and
rehabilitation of Pandits .When a migrant colony near Kupwara was
attacked it could be the last nail in the coffin of return and
rehabilitation of Pandits. Will those Pandits who had to flee from the
valley would be paid their salary because their migration has been
forced on them.

The migrant colony in Natnusa, Kupwara was attacked by a mob
during clashes with security personnel on Wednesday, police said.
Residents of  Natnusa area in Kupwara alleged that CRPF men ransacked
the houses and damaged the household items. To protest the forces
highhandedness, youth of the area took to roads and staged
demonstration. They clashed with the CRPF men, who fired tear gas
shell and pellets to disperse the protestors.

During the clashes, the protestors pelted stones on the migrant
colony. The glasses of windows of some houses were broken in the stone

Locals said six people sustained injuries in the CRPF action. Two of
the injured, including a local journalist were hit by the pellets in

SP Kuwpara Shamsher Hussain said the mob attacked the migrant colony,
where none lives at present.(KIP)

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