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After 15 years, govt to evict KPs from flats

After 15 years, govt to evict KPs from flats

Author: Bashaarat Masood
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: May 19, 2005
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/archive_full_story.php?content_id=70647

Introduction: The state had provided the pandits who did not migrate to Jammu or Delhi accommodation in Budshah flats for security reasons

Even as the state government promises migrant pandits safe shelter if they return to the Valley, the Estates Department has ordered that pandits be evicted from government accomodation provided to them 15 years ago.

The state administration had provided the pandits who did not migrate to Jammu or Delhi accommodation in Budshah flats. ''Their allotment was cancelled from the last three years,'' says Farooq Ahmad Lone, Deputy Director, Estates Department. ''We issued notices to them and only two of them responded. They were allowed to stay and in fact, are putting up there. But the third one didn't respond to our notice and was thus evicted. We had reports that he was not putting up in the flats.''

In 1990, when militancy erupted in the Valley, most pandits migrated to Jammu and Delhi. Those who stayed back were moved to Metro hotel and then to the government-owned Budshah flats for security reasons. Now, the Estates Department under order no. esttAlot/NMS/123/2004 dated 27-12-2004 calls it unauthorised occupation and has asked the occupants to vacate the flats.

''In my absence, the lock of my flat was broken and all household items were thrown out,'' says R.L. Chowdhary, who lived in one of the flats. ''I had gone to Amritsar for a business trip and a friend told me on the phone that my house has been ransacked.''

Says Chowdhary, "If the government fails to settle a few families here, how can they settle the thousands of families they plan to bring back to the Valley?"
 


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