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Pandits, Muslims of Lagama oppose composite townships

Srinagar, June 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Pandits and Muslims living in harmony in Lagama village in Uri area of Baramulla district have said that they will jointly protest India’s plan to settle Kashmiri Pandits in composite townships.

Manjo Sharma alias Mata Ji, daughter of late Inder Prakash Sharma, a Brahman whose family never migrated from Kashmir, in an interview said that there were 120 Pandit families who had been living with the Muslim community at Lagama. “Of them, only 20 families migrated to Jammu on the directions of the then Governor Jagmohan but the other 100 families stayed in their homes,” she said.

“When other Pandit families migrated, I built a temple in my land with the help of Muslims,” she said. “I recently heard Mehbooba Mufti saying that she doesn’t want to put pigeons (Pandits) among cats (Muslims). I want to ask about her religion. She prays before Hindu gods like Hindus do and sometimes she prays as a Muslim. She is making controversial statements to stay in her chair,” Manjo Sharma said.

“I have been living with the Muslim community since my birth and every person from a milkman to a doctor to a driver around me is a Muslim. I never felt that I am living with any other community. When militancy was at its peak, they never harmed me or any other Pandit in my village. However, army soldiers once arrested my father,” she said.

“We also want Kashmiri Pandits, but they shall return as they left and stay at their old residences. Otherwise, we will destroy their colonies. Kashmir is ours and we don’t want to change its demography at any cost,” she added.

Manoj Kumar, another Pandit living in the village, said, “We will not allow anyone to live in colonies. It would be dangerous for our community.” The Muslim villagers share the belief.

Ghulam Hassan, a villager, said, “We are living with our Hindu brothers normally. We will never allow anyone to touch our (Pandit) brothers. If the government provides separate colonies to migrant people, Muslims and Pandits of this village will protest together,” he added.

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