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PoK refugees observe Black day

india Updated: Oct 28, 2009 20:16 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

Refugees from PoK, settled in Jammu since 1947, observed Prime Minister’s visit to the Kashmir on Wednesday as Virodh diwas(Protest Day).

Pok refugees, including children and wearing black badges stage protest demonstration in Bikram Chowk area of the city. Refugees said Centre is consistently pursuing Kashmiri appeasement policy while ignoring the genuine and rightful demands of the other quarters.

These refugees, mainly Sikhs and Hindus, had mainly come from Mirpur and Muzzafarabd areas PoK after these town were taken over by Kabaili raiders. About 30,000 people were massacred by Kabailis and events following partition. The main massacre was committed at Ali Bagh in Mirpur, where Hindus and Sikhs were made to stand in line and after being beheaded their bodies were thrown in Jehlum

The refuges have been demanding their representation in the state Assembly from 24 Assembly seats reserved for PoK population, job reservation and also adequate financial compensation

“If the government is giving cash-relief to KPs then why it’s being denied to us. The properties of KPs in valley are being protected by government but till now we are not aware of our properties in PoK and the compensation given was too meager,” said one of the protesting refugees.

The refugees are demanding that on the patter of job reservation for people living along border, separate reservation should be made as their ancestral homes were also situated along borders.

The protestors were addressed by Gurmeet Singh, Suchwant Singh, Udey Chand, J S Mangal, YR Gupta, Suchet Singh, Paramjit Singh, J N Thappar,Dr Padam Dev, Col Swam Singh and others.