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Talwara Migrants submit memorandum to NPP Supremo demanding justice at par with Kashmiri Migrants

Talwara Migrants of 1999 ignored by Govt, starving on streets

Jammu, March 01, 2021: Dozens of Talwara Migrants representing nearly 2000 migrants from Reasi hills presently fixed in Talwara (Reasi) by the administration called on Prof.Bhim Singh, President of J&K National Panthers Party with strong memorandum 12-points demanding ration and other facilities being migrants settled in Talwara at par with Kashmiri migrants.

Mr. Balwan Singh, President of Talwara Migrants Action Committee presented very sad story about the inhuman and unjust behaviour of the District administration as well as the State government treating Talwara Migrants as beggars, ignoring their plight they suffered in 1999 when they were physically attacked by the militants out of their homes where they were peacefully residing in their villages like Mahore, Kotchalwal and other areas. These areas were disconnected by roads and had no communication system at all. Those who survived managed to run away for their survival and reached Reasi which is about two days walking distance from Reasi. These migrants were provided some barren space and some outdated bastis by the administration.

The Panthers Party took up this movement to Delhi, to the Prime Minister, to the Home Minister and other authorities seeking their support for the survival of these migrants.

Half of the migrants were registered as migrants and the rest of were kept in broken camps by the administration. Some of them had brought their buffaloes and animals with them and the administration fixed some allowance for the survival of their cattle also. Prof.Bhim Singh moved a petition in the Supreme Court seeking justice for all the Talwara migrants and treatment at par with Kashmiri migrants in Jammu. Prof.Bhim Singh expressed shock that half of the Talwara migrants were not registered as migrants and lately the children of the registered migrants have been ignored from registration and they are not given any benefit of the registration being children of the registered migrants.

Prof.Bhim Singh in a strong message/appeal to the Mr. Manoj Sinha, the Lt. Governor of J&K urged to depute a special team of senior officials who have a human heart and commitment to deliver justice to these wretched of earth who are rotting like animals in the streets of Reasi/Talwara.

Prof.Bhim Singh expressed surprise that Dy. Commissioner, Reasi has ignored even to look into the appeals/prayers of the suffering Talwara migrants. He said that he has requested the Dy. Commissioner, Reasi to consider the genuine petitions of the Talwara migrants and if Reasi Dy. Commissioner cannot deliver justice then she should refer the matter to the Lt. Governor for appropriate action.

Prof.Bhim Singh also spoke to the Relief Commissioner, Jammu requesting him to talk to the delegation of Talwara Migrants and try to deliver justice. Prof.Bhim Singh urged Mr. Manoj Sinha, the Lt. Governor of J&K to meet the delegation of Tawara migrants/if he can manage it, he should make it possible to see their condition in the so-called Talwara migrant camps. This will give the Lt. Governor the whole idea of what administration is doing and what senior officers in the government are doing to deliver justice to the Talwara Migrants.

Prof.Bhim Singh was accompanied by Sr. Vice President, Mr. P.K. Ganju, General Secretary, Ms. Anita Thakur, Reasi District Panthers President, Mr. Balwan Singh.

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