Police terror unleashed against starving Talwara Migrants NPP condemns attack, calls for implementation of SC order

Prof. Bhim Singh, Supremo of NPP condemned police attack on the Talwara Migrants who have been peacefully agitating in Talwara (Reasi) demanding relief including ration and cash as has been fixed on monthly basis. The NPP Supremo has also filed a contempt application which is pending in the High Court since 2009 with a direction of the court to release all arrears of the migrants as agreed by the State Govt. in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court in 2007. The arrears were agreed by the State Govt. in their affidavit amounting to Rs.21 crores.

“This is shameful and disgraceful besides being dire contempt of the Supreme Court that the Govt. of J&K has not appointed any relief Tehsildar in Reasi for the disbursement of their ration nor the migrants have been given any relief for the past nine months with the result most of the migrants and their children are literally starving. Some of them have disappeared.” Prof. Bhim Singh in a communication to the Prime Minister has emphasized the need to treat the Jammu Migrants, most of them residing in Talwara (Reasi). He said that 50% of the migrants have not been provided any social security nor any shelter with the result that they have been wandering from place to place. He accused the Govt. for deleting their names from the list of the legitimate migrants as was submitted by the State Govt. in the Supreme Court of India.

The migrants were subjected to assault, torture and terrorize in 2007 while they were walking to Delhi to resort to hunger-strike in front of Parliament to press their demands for the release of genuine relief as has been provided to the Kashmiri Migrants and was allowed by the High Court of J&K and later by the Supreme Court of India. Prof. Bhim Singh accused the Central Govt. for ignoring the plight of Jammu Migrants only for the reason that they were Dogras or residents of Jammu Pradesh. He said that the relief was raised from Rs.400 to Rs.1000 per person or Rs.4000 per family in respect of Kashmiri Migrants in 1983 by BJP Govt. whereas Rs. 400 per month or Rs.1600 per family or still being paid to the Jammu Migrants which proves only the fact that both the Central leadership and State leadership have been acting hostile like brutes against Jammu Migrants. They are not Kashmiri rulers only but Delhi rulers as well who have been discriminating against the residents of Jammu Pradesh. He said that individual flats/colonies were constructed for almost each Kashmiri Migrant family in different parts of Jammu (though those flats were not worth living lacked human dignity). No scheme has been worked out for the rehabilitation of Jammu Migrants leaving free to the terrorists/militants to occupy their centuries’ old ancestral lands in their villages. He wrote to the Prime Minister that the agricultural land of hundreds of migrants has been occupied by the militants/ terrorists/trespassers with the full backing and support of the administration and NC leaders though a law exists in J&K that no land of the migrants shall be transferred.

J&K Govt. has been playing hide and seek with the judgment of the Supreme Court and the High Court for nearly four years.

The Panthers Party has expressed full support to the Jammu Migrants and shall resort to hunger strike in front of the Parliament in support of Jammu Migrants.

Prof. Bhim Singh has urged Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India for his immediate intervention to save the lives of the innocent human beings, elderly and the children who have been starving for months in Talwara and elsewhere.

In the meantime, the President of JKNPP, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA has declared that Panthers Party shall move adjournment motion of the Assembly on 13th February, 2014 to seek justice to Jammu Migrants camping on the road in Talwara.