SHRC seeks government response on vacation of PaK migrant families from Lassipora

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SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission on Monday sought government response on why some migrants from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) were asked to vacate the state land at Lassipora in Pulwama.
Responding to an application filed by activist Ahsan Untoo, the court direct Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Commissioner Secretary Revenue and Deputy Commissioner Pulwama to file detailed compliance report within four weeks.
The application filed by Untoo before commission stated that if government was planning to evacuate the 21 migrant families who were settled on a piece of land for over 70 years despite having all the relevant documents, then this commission is requested to bring all the facts before public.
The petition said that after war between India and Pakistan, some 21 families had migrated to Kashmir from Muzaffarabad in 1947 and are settled near SIDCO land at Lassipora. The strength has grown to 100 households near the Industrial Estate with most of the families hailing come from Gadi-Dupatta village of Muzaffarabad.
Recently, district administration Pulwama had asked the families to vacate the land citing that it comes under the industrial sector. The move has created apprehensions among residents of losing their home.
“We were born and brought up here. Why will we leave this place? Aren’t we the residents of this place? We have elections cards and state subjects also,” the petition quoted a local newspaper report. “If the state government has no place for us then the government should open the border so that we will cross over to PaK.”