17 yrs on, Kupwara LoC migrants await justice

Kupwara , Dec 9: The migrants from Bore Payeen and many adjoining areas of Kupwara district who vacated their houses in 1990 have accused successive governments of not recognizing their migration and...

Kupwara , Dec 9: The migrants from Bore Payeen and many adjoining areas of Kupwara district who vacated their houses in 1990 have accused successive governments of not recognizing their migration and denying them any kind of compensation.
The villagers were told by the Army in 1990 to vacate the place. The Army directions caused migration from the areas with people moving to Kupwara and other areas. Now, the villagers of Bore, Bungnna, Kenntha Wali, Jumgund etc say they have faced worst kind of discrimination.
"Our houses were dismantled and used for defence purposes. But in lieu of it we were not provided anything by the government," the villagers said, seeking all facilities given to Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the Valley and settled in Jammu.
"There are no houses and fields as they come under 'no man's land'," said a migrant from Bore Payeen. "Thrice we went to Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad office but we were not allowed to meet him," he said.
However, the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Abdul Majeed Khanday has another story to tell. He says the families were receiving government relief up to 2000. However, he says in 2000 complaints came within the migrants that some of them had settled in Srinagar and drawing relief in Kupwara. Following the complaints, Khanday said, relief was stopped. "But the relief will be soon released to the genuine migrants," he added.
In fact, he said, the government had told the migrants that they will be rehabilitated in Karen and land was allotted in their name but they refused to settle there. "They want they should be given land in Kupwara. For that government has to cancel the first allotment," he said.
Khanday said Bore villagers were displaced because the area was of strategic importance. "This is, I think, only migration from the district," he added.

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