Pandits leave Valley, threaten not to join jobs in Kashmir

Displaced Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees who left the Valley at night and arrived at Jammu, today said they will not return to become \"sitting ducks for target practice of teenage stonepelters\".

Published: 13th July 2016 09:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2016 09:34 PM   |  A+A-


JAMMU: Displaced Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees who left the Valley at night and arrived at Jammu, today said they will not return to become "sitting ducks for target practice of teenage stonepelters".

Over 200 employees from various KP colonies in the Valley where they were posted under the Prime Minister Special Employment package in 2008, narrated incidents of stonepelting by teenagers, even females, stopping of milk and other supplies and the failure of security forces, despite distress calls from the PMO to the CMO and DGP.

"We have decided not to join our jobs. The governments at the Centre and the state have failed to protect us, despite distress calls from the Prime Minister's Office. There was no security deployment around our camp despite stonepelting by teenagers," Sarita Kumari, a government employee posted in south Kashmir and living in Vessu transit accommodation, told reporters here.

Tears rolling down her cheeks, she narrated the horror at night and periodic stone-pelting by teenagers, even females, which she said were unseen in the past. "We are asking the Centre whether we are sitting ducks for teenage stonepelters in Kashmir," she said.

The KP employees said they had high hopes from the Narendra Modi and Mehbooba Mufti governments that they will protect them as they had volunteered to go to the Valley and serve the Kashmiri society, despite opposition from within the community.

Veena, living in Sheikhpora Budgam transit accommodation, said, "The community should support our cause. We cannot serve in Kashmir again. How can we teach those who resort to stonepelting." 

"The Central and state governments have failed to protect a handful of KP employees in different transit accommodations even as they talk of bringing back seven lakh KPs to Kashmir with honour and dignity," said King Charanjeev whose wife Shashi works as a teacher in the Valley.

"KP employees were put under lock-and-key in Mattan transit accommodation and were not allowed to leave for their homes in Jammu. Are we sacrificial goats?" he asked.

"Milk and other supplies were stopped to the KP colonies by traders for the last few days," he alleged.

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