Kashmir migrant workers move to secure locations

By Reuters
Published : 18 Oct 2021 09:38 PM | Updated : 19 Oct 2021 02:27 PM

Indian authorities have moved hundreds of migrant staff in Kashmir to safer areas in a single day, whereas a whole bunch have fled the Himalayan valley after a wave of focused killings, two safety officers stated on Monday.

Suspected militants have killed eleven civilians, together with 5 migrant staff, in Kashmir since early October regardless of a widespread safety crackdown within the closely militarised area.

Whereas the set off for the newest wave of assaults was not instantly clear, Kashmir has been the positioning of armed insurgency in opposition to New Delhi for many years. Kashmir is claimed in full by India and Pakistan however dominated in components by each.

“We moved hundreds of staff to safe locations and are facilitating their return house,” a senior police official informed Reuters, declining to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

In different areas, safety forces had intensified patrolling to forestall any militant exercise, the official added.

An authority’s spokesman in Kashmir’s foremost metropolis of Srinagar declined to touch upon the motion of migrant staff.

The choice to maneuver staff got here after an assault on migrant labourers from Bihar on Sunday. Police stated that militants barged right into a rented room in Kashmir’s Kulgam district and fired at them, leaving two useless and one wounded.

Kashmir has gone by way of varied bouts of violence over time, however the newest wave of assaults seems to be focused in the direction of non-Kashmiris, together with migrant staff, and members of the minority Hindu and Sikh communities within the Muslim-majority valley.

The whole bunch of hundreds of migrant staff at present in Kashmir type the spine of the area’s workforce in agriculture and development.

A few of them stated they now concern for his or her lives. “We have now seen worse occasions, however have been by no means focused. This time, we’re afraid,” stated 32-year outdated Mohammed Salam, initially from the northern state of Bihar, who has labored in Kashmir for the final six years.

Salam stated police picked him up, together with others, from rented lodging on Sunday night time and moved them to a protected space.

“We will not sit idle right here,” he stated, “We are going to return.”

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