Baramulla: Day after the state government suggested separate colonies for migrant Pandits, a group of migrants living in Pandit colony Veriwan here said that they want to live in their homeland but in separate colonies. However, some pandits said it was a drama of the new government. They refused to comment.
Rakash Kumar Pandita president Veriwan Welfare and Coordination Committee on Wednesday criticized the government for failure to rehabilitate pundits. “The talk of separate colonies is old wine in new bottles,” he said.
He said the government was not sincere and wanted to create new vote banks in the name of our rehabilitation. He said, “ We want to live in our homeland. I would prefer to live in a separate colony because the wedge between Muslims and pundits has widened over the years. Living at our native places will not be proper from security point of view.”
Ajay Kumar shared similar concerns. He said the government had failed to provide potable water connections to families living in government accommodation.
“The police stay guard to our quarters round the clock. Living at our native places , therefore, is impossible.’ He said.
However, Desh Kumar Nehroo of Panzla Rafiabad, who did not migrate and stayed back in the Valley said the government should provide accommodation to the migrants in their own villages. New and separate colonies will create new problems, “ he said
Nehroo said nobody harassed me and my family during the past twenty-five years. “Muslims are our brothers, and we are living with them as brothers,” he said.