Mob attacks on innocent people compels non-local labourers to pack their bags

Mob attacks on innocent people compels non-local labourers to pack their bags

Baramulla: After recent attacks on dozens of innocent people including women, mentally challenged persons, army and policemen in the name of suspected braid choppers in north Kashmir, hundreds of non-local labourers have packed their bags and left over are widing up their businesses.

Yaseen Mohammad, a non-local labourer who was working as salesman at a shop in Baramulla told his employer to allow him to go to his home because fearing for his life.

Muneebul Islam, working with local contractors as generator operator is now collecting his outstanding money from his employers before packing for his home in UP. He took the step after a recent attack on a mentally challenged person in Sopore locality. “I was traveling to different places for my work but when I saw people attempting to burn a mentally challenged person I got frightened,” he said adding he has a family back home to take care of.

Nazir Ahmad (name changed on request) working as a soldier in territorial army in Indian army said that we were ordered by officers to not go to our homes, after recent attack in which three army men were thrashed by mob in Sheeri Baramulla. “Our officers ordered us not to move outside to markets. They cancelled our leave and told us to move in groups, armed and in uniform,” he said.

Talking to Kashmir Reader, a senior police officer said that police were for the security of every one-Kashmiri or non-local. “We appealed all the people to take help from police side. The situation is not very bad. Some people are trying to disturb peace and we will deal with them as per law and put them behind bars,” he said adding dozens of miscreants who thrashed three innocent army men in Sheeri Baramulla and tried to burn alive a mentally challenged person in Sopore have been arrested.

“We can’t force any non-local labourer to stay here but we advice them to stay and collect all the outstanding money,” he said.