Pandit family returns home in Lolab, disapproves govt’s composite township idea
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Srinagar, May 31 (GNS): A Pandit family on Tuesday visited their ancestral house at Lolab in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district and condemned “agencies for creating communal disharmony” in the state.
Jagger Nath Raina (80) putting up at Jagti Migrant Camp in Nagrota area of Jammu region since the breakout of turmoil in 90’s has finally taken a stride forward to return his homeland after a gap of almost twenty-six years. The family has been one among the many who aspire to “revisit and revive their bond with the Muslim brethren in Kashmir”.
Raina while taking a dig at government alleged that, “some agencies are hatching conspiracies to create communal disharmony between the two communities”.
“These agencies harp on the threat of ‘Mujahids,” he said, questioning as to “why would they attack us when we have nothing to do with them. Had they bearing any such intention they would strike us in any part of the India.”
The family has demarcated the land for their resettlement at Darpora of Lolab. A team of local administration including Naib Tehsildar, Halqa Patwari, Local Auqaf Committee and other officials from the area accompanied the family to their ancestral house.
Buoyed by the response from the people, Raina said that his family has been “getting more love and affection from the people of our home.”
Appealing the compatriots to take a cue from his return, Raina while talking to news agency GNS said, “let this be the beginning of a new era.”
“Kashmir is incomplete without us and I appeal my Pandit brethren to return the homeland and revive our age-old bonds with our Muslim brethren,” he said, adding, “We in no way support the government on such an initiative that aims to harm the communal harmony.”
Reiterating his stance, Raina said that, “Our choice is to live here as common Kashmiris.”
Raina’s son moved by mutual respect and love between his father and other people when they reached the Darpora village said, “I saw a man probably of the age of my father breaking into tears after reviving the memories with my father. The scene was something I can’t describe in words”, he added. (GNS)