Kashmir burns, protests Pandit rehabilitation

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Srinagar: Violent clashes erupted between police and protesters staging protest over a government proposal to set up separate cluster for displaced Kshmiri Pandits in the Vally.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik on Friday took out a protest against Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed after the latter proposed segregated colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in the state.

Police resorted to Lathicharge and fired tear gas shells on the protesters at Lal Chowk on Friday.

Earlier Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting in New Delhi, had asked Sayeed to provide land in the state for composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits. The Chief Minister assured the Home Minister that the state government will acquire and provide land at the earliest for composite townships in the Valley.

Later, responding to the hue and cry raised by the Congress and National Conference in the J&K assembly over government’s proposal to construct Separate Township for Kashmiri Pandits, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday denied that there was any proposal to set up separate clusters for migrant Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.

Lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits have been driven out of the valley by millitants after militancy reached peak in 1990’s.

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