Kashmiri Pandit who survived terrorist attack returns to Srinagar; opens shop after 29 years – Watch Video

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 A Kashmiri Pandit trader, Roshan Lal Mawa who had survived during a terrorist attack in his Zaina Kadal shop returned to the valley after around 29 years.

He opened his shop in Gaad Koche market where his return was celebrated by a swathe of locals who honored him by a lot of love and did ‘dastarbandi’ (turban-tying).

Roshan Lal Mawa, 74 had moved to Jammu after migration but later shifted to Delhi to start his business there. Although he used to visit valley in summers yet he never thought of returning completely. He had spent almost three decades in Delhi where he started a spices shop at Khari Baoli and named it Nandlal Maharaj Krishan.

 

His family has a home in Srinagar and his son, a medical doctor is already living in the valley.
One horrific incident did not let him return to valley for three decades. It was 13th October, 1990 when a young man came to his shop and shot at him. He received four bullets – three in his belly and one in the shoulder, in his shop.
That was the day the Mawa’s family decided to migrate but now after returning to the valley, he has again started selling dry fruits, dates and spices.
And with the heart-warming welcome that he received from the local people, Mawa has expressed joy and contentment. He has also termed the turban-tying gesture by locals as the highest honor of his life.

 

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