Since the killing of 44 paramilitary personnel in a suicide attack in Pulwama district of Indian occupied Kashmir, more than 6,000 Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu region have been forced to take refuge in mosques. They fear mob attacks from Hindu extremists. The people are moving from vulnerable areas to more a less safe area.
The hard line extremists Hindu groups are targeting innocent Muslims in Indian occupied Kashmir and many other areas of India. They are using this suicide attack to harass, intimidate and target Muslims. There is wide spread fear in the Muslim communities.
The Kashmiri students, traders, labourers and government employees have been threatened to face dire consequences if they refused to leave from different states of India. A 42-year-old cardiologist from Srinagar, who has spent the last 22 years working in Kolkata, has been asked by a group of people to leave the city.
Even Kashmiris living in different cities of India for years have been under constant pressure to leave their homes and livelihood. The Modi government is also whipping up Hindu nationalist and anti- Muslim sentiments.
According to Kashmir Media Service, “Around 2,500 to 3,000 people have so far taken refuge in Makkah Masjid Bathindi in Jammu. These include stranded Kashmir-bound passengers as well as people living in sensitive zones of Jammu district.”
We reached Jammu on Sunday evening, fearing attacks in other areas, we took refuge in Makkah Masjid, Bathindi,” said Aijaz Ahmed Mir, a resident of Baramulla who had gone to Chandigarh with his wife for medical treatment.They cannot travel back to their home in occupied Kashmir valley.
Another resident of occupied Kashmir, Zahid Salam Wani, said: “I am from Budgam district and pursue my studies in Kolkata. Due to the prevailing situation, I came to Jammu by train and plan to go to Srinagar tomorrow. I will be staying here at Bathindi”.
Around 1500 people have taken refuge Khatika Talab’s Jamia Masjid. The local people are providing food and blankets to those living in mosques. The locals provided gas cylinders, ration as well as cash. Besides, the local hoteliers provided utensils to cook food. Nearly 1300 people are living in another mosque in Gujjar Nagar.
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17 November, 2019