Srinagar, February 18, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, at least 6000 Kashmiri Muslims have taken refuge in several mosques of Jammu district in the wake of fear of the attacks by Hindu mobs. Abdul Majid, a member of Makkah Masjid Committee, Bathindi, said, “Around 2500 to 3000 people are putting up here. These include stranded Kashmir-bound passengers as well as people living in sensitive zones of Jammu district”
Aijaz Ahmed Mir, a resident of Baramulla, who had gone to Chandigarh with his wife for medical treatment, said, “We reached Jammu on Sunday evening. Fearing attacks in other areas, we took refuge in Makka Masjid, Bathindi”.
Another resident of 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”. The committee members Muhammad Ashraf, Jamaat Ali and Majid Ahmed Tak asked people from all communities to come to Bathindi if they feel unsafe elsewhere.
Meanwhile, in Jamia Masjid, KhatikaTalab, around 1000-1500 people have taken refuge. Salman Salaria, a local resident, said, “We have made all arrangements here, from food to bedding. The locals provided gas cylinders, ration as well as cash. Besides, the local hoteliers provided utensils to cook food”. In Gujjar Nagar, around 1000-1500 people have taken refuge.
Inside India, after various reports of Kashmiris including students, traders and employees were threatened to leave the place, a 42-year-old cardiologist from Srinagar, who has spent the last 22 years working in Kolkata, has been asked by the group of people to leave the city.
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