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JKLF calls for bandh to protest against separate township for Kashmiri Pandits

Apr 11, 2015 07:42 AM IST India India

Srinagar: Activists of separatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has called for a Kashmir bandh on Saturday over the issue of a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.

The call is supported by other separatists like SAS Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, "No Kashmiri, no matter, of what political ideology is against the settling of the Kashmiri Pandits. Why we are against a composite township is because it will definitely create a sense of alienation. There is so much land available in those areas like the custodian land and other land, let the government give away those lands at cheaper price to the Kashmiri Pandits."

"Before taking a decision let these organisations talk to those Kashmiri Pandits, who are living in Kashmir ask them, get their feedback, if they feel threatened by the majority community," he added.

The activists on Friday took to the streets shouting slogans over the issue of setting up of an exclusive township for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, police said.

Police asked the protesters to disperse in order to maintain law and order but the youth refused and started pelting stones at the cops.

The policemen fired tear smoke shells to chase away the protestors but clashes were still on, they said.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has clarified in the state Legislative Assembly that there were no plans of setting up separate township for the Kashmiri Pandits but steps will be taken for the return of the minority community to the Valley.

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