Forced Migration from Kashmir
In the wake of ongoing
terrorists' violence, more than 50,000 families have migrated from strife
torn Kashmir valley and got themselves registered with the government authorities
in various districts in Jammu region by the end of November 1990. Among
them 45,275 families were registered at Jammu itself. They included 215
Muslim, 8270 Sikh and 35459 Hindu (Kashmiri Pandit) families besides 1331
other families. Since then a good number of Muslim families have fled away
from the Kashmir valley and barring a handful numbering not more than 100,
no Hindus have been left in Srinagar city.
The systematic process of killing the Hindu population
began as early as on February 27 in 1990 when Mr. Tej Krishan, a Hindu was
hanged to death at Yachikot Lidder near Pahelgam in Anantnag district of the
Kashmir valley. On April 22 same year the body of Joginder Malhotra was
recovered by the police from Safakadal locality in Srinagar city. He was found
to have been hanged to death. After five days, terrorists intruded in the house
of Bharat Bhushan, another Hindu who was a medical assistant. He was abducted by
the terrorists. His body was later found hanging from a tree. The process
continued. The list is a long one and the stories of torture unleashed on the
Hindu population are heart rending.
Migrants from Srinagar living in Camps.
Three Probationary officers of the Life Insurance
Corporation of India (LIC), an autonomous body, were abducted by the terrorists
from a public park on June 23 in 1991. They were severely tortured and
locked in a vacant house of a Hindu migrant. The house was later set on
fire. Two of them died in the fire while the lucky one was rescued by the
police and rushed to the hospital.
In October 1991, the terrorists embarked upon
setting fire to the vacant houses of the migrants in another systematic
manner. On October nine, the Devi Temple at Baramulla was set on fire.
The roof of the temple was gutted in the fire. The same day the house of
a Hindu, was gutted in Kupwara town, about 50 kms from Baramulla. The process
is continuing. It seems that the terrorists after killing the entire Hindu
population from the Kashmir valley now want to close down any process of
return of the Hindu population by burning their vacant houses, their last
link with the valley.