Jammu and Kashmir News
The ongoing political opposition and the threat of violence by separatists has somehow deflected the construction of multi-storey flats and other transit accommodation facilities for migrants especially the Pandits.
The General Secretary of J&K Political Migrants Forum, a Muslim migrants representative body, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, said that their people were forced to leave for opposing ‘tehreek’ and supporting the start of a political process. He added that their families received death threats and warning notes were plastered on their homes which left them with no other option than to evacuate. He continued saying that there is nothing wrong in establishing a transit camp to allow their resettlement.
Ghulam Mohidin Sofi, who escaped from Baramulla after working as a polling agent in the 1996 parliamentary elections, is still apprehensive of his return. He declared that since then he has been living in a room allotted by the government in Srinagar.
As per the governmental data sheets, there are about 62,000 registered displaced Kashmiri families who migrated from the Valley at the onset of militancy. A majority of them are Hindus while nearly 5,000 are Sikh and Muslim families. About 38,119 registered Kashmiri families are residing in Jammu, 19,338 in Delhi and 1,995 in other states.