Kunal Shrivatsa

KP employees protest, reiterate relocation demand

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Jammu: Reiterating their demand for relocation outside Kashmir till normalcy is restored there, the Migrant Kashmiri Pandit employees staged another protest demonstration here today.

A large number of migrant employees, both men and women, assembled outside the Press Club of Jammu under the banner of ‘All Migrant Employees’ Association Kashmir’.

Carrying placards inscribed with “Only Solution-Relocation! Anywhere Outside Valley” and “Rehabilitation A Big Failure”, the protesting employees raised slogans in support of their demand of relocation.

Protesters said that they cannot work in Kashmir due to the present situation, adding that the Hindu employees including Kashmiri Pandits and Dogras are not safe there.

“We are soft targets of terrorists and are not safe even at a high security premise like tehsil office where one amongst us Rahul Bhat was gunned down in broad day light last month,” said Sumit Bhat, one of the protesting employees.

Several other protesters said that they were under a lot of stress and panic while staying in the Valley due to the sudden increase in targeted killings.

After the recent killings of Rahul Bhatt, Rajni Bala and Vijay Kumar, the Kashmiri as well as Dogra Hindu employees are no longer feeling safe in the Valley, they added.

“In such a vulnerable situation, it is wise to transfer Hindu employees out of the valley. The migrant employees should be attached to the Relief Organization Jammu. These employees will return to their jobs in the Valley as and when the situation gets normal in Kashmir, till then they should be allowed to perform their duties in any other place,” said Dhiraj.

Rejecting the government assurance of relocation to safer places within the Valley, he said let government relocate us anywhere outside the Valley till the situation becomes normal.

The protesting employees warned that if they were treated step-motherly and were not listened to, then all the Kashmiri Pandit employees engaged under the PM package would intensify their agitation.

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