1000 Pakistani refugees court arrest in Jammu
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Last Updated: Monday, June 07, 2010, 18:47
  
Jammu: With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a 2-day visit to the state, nearly 1,000 Pakistani refugees today courted arrest at various areas of the district, particularly in border belts, over the issue of seeking citizenship rights.

"We went for jail baroo andolan in support of the long pending demands for grant of citizenship rights to the refugee community, particularly at the time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on a visit of J&K", Pakistani refugee leader, Laba Ram Gandhi, told reporters here today.

Raising anti-government slogans for discriminatory attitude to them, the refugees including women and old age persons courted arrest.

Police officials said nearly several refugees courted arrest at Pargwal area while many of them did the same at Mahespura (Jammu city), Arnia, R S Pura and Akhnoor.

The refugees are demanding the right to vote, admission in professional colleges, recruitment in state jobs and right to own land.

Over 1.5 lakh refugees are living along Indo-Pak border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts for last six decades, but have not been granted citizenship.

PTI


First Published: Monday, June 07, 2010, 18:47


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