Srinagar, December 22, 2012 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the victims, whose residential houses were razed by Indian troops during a military operation in Sopore recently, face tough times ahead as the harshest season of winter traditionally known as “Chillai Kalan’ has started in the territory. The affected persons of Sadipora village told media men that the troops had deprived them of shelter and livelihood.
The victims will find it difficult to rebuild their houses owing to heavy snowfall in the area. Besides losing homes, apple orchids in the area suffered substantive and serious damages. The victims, who lost most of their belongings including clothes, have taken shelter at the houses of neighbours or relatives.
Ali Mohammad, an affected who is currently staying with a neighbour, said that the army blew up his house and deracinated orchids spread over 13 kanal of land, which served as a basic financial source for his family. Ghulam Mohammad Dar, another victim, said that it would take them years to resettle themselves.
Another affected, Khatija Begum, a widow, while narrating her story said, “We have now pinned our hopes on God. Some people are coming forward with relief but we do not have place to keep these things. We have lost all essential things.” It is to mention here that several houses were completely razed, as the troops used heavy ammunition including mortar shells during the operation in Saidpora area of Sopore.
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