Nine Rohingya families told to vacate land on which they live

By Arifa April 15, 2017 10:22

Nine Rohingya families told to vacate land on which they live

SRINAGAR: Scores of Rohingya Muslim refugee families who were beaten and threatened by a group of goons in Jammu a couple of days ago are facing expulsion as the land owner who had provided them space for erecting makeshift shelters is forcing them to vacate the land.

A group of about fifteen goons had burned down the store of scrap of a poor Rohingya Muslim family in Bori area of Jammu, besides beating and asking the Rohingyas to leave the area. The incident created a sense of fear among the poor refugees, more so as the government maintained a silence over the assault.

Karimullah, a refugee and a scrap dealer, said that on March 10, three people arrived at his jhuggi at about 12 noon and insisted that he sell the scrap to them. “As I had already sold it to some other dealer and had even taken advance money from him, I humbly refused to sell them the scrap telling them that it will be dishonesty,” Karimullah told Kashmir Reader.

The trio left without saying a word to him, only to return a couple of hours later along with a dozen more goons.

“When they left silently the first time, I thought they were convinced by my response. But only a couple of hours later at least fifteen masked people came and started shouting, abusing and beating me. Since most of the males were out on labour work, they thrashed even little kids and women who tried to raise an alarm,” Karimullah told Kashmir Reader over phone.

He said that the goons also sprinkled petrol on the scrap and burnt it.

The goons also threatened the refugee families of killing them if they did not leave Jammu within days.

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By Arifa April 15, 2017 10:22
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