Interlocutors visit Kashmiri Pandit migrant camps in Jammu
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 23:54
  
Jammu: Two of the three Centre-appointed interlocutors today visited migrant camps of displaced Kashmiri Pandits at the outskirts of the city here to study their living conditions and understand their problems.

Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and academician Radha Kumar drove to Muthi and Buta Nagar migrant camps early this morning to get a first-hand experience of living conditions, problems and aspirations of displaced Kashmiri Pandits here.

The community raised demands for the implementation of Prime Minister's Rehabilitation and Employment Package. They also claimed that the state government was ignoring them by not implementing the package, which was announced in 2005-06.

The interlocutors were told that Kashmiri Pandits can only return to the Valley if their safety and dignity were assured and would not live on the mercy of militants and separatists.

The issues related to the community like minority killings, employment, encroachment of land and properties and destruction of over 150 temples and shrines of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley were also raised.

The interlocutors assured them that their viewpoint, problems and aspirations would be reflected in their reports to the central government.

Last evening, the interlocutors had gone to Kotbalwal Central Jail to meet senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi.

Although, the interlocutors stayed in the room of Superintendent for about an half hour, they did not meet the two leaders.

The two demanded record of the number of the militants and separatists lodged in the jail from the Superintendent.

In Jammu, Padgaonkar decried the separatists for not meeting the team of interlocutors.

"We will not ask them to meet us if they are not interested," he said, adding the team had met everyone in the Valley except separatists.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 23:54


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