How many Pandits left Kashmir Valley after the abrogation of Article 370? figures given by government

5 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in 3 years: Government

The Central Government on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha that since August 5, 2019, a total of 21 non-Muslim Kashmiris and people from outside the Valley have been killed by terrorists. In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told the House, “From August 5, 2019 to July 9, 2022, 128 security forces personnel and 118 civilians were killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Of the 118 citizens, 5 were Kashmiri Pandits and 16 belonged to other Hindu/Sikh communities. Not a single pilgrim has been killed in this period.

Target killings done in the last few months

On August 5, 2019, the Narendra Modi government at the Center had decided to abolish the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories. A few months ago, when a female teacher was killed by terrorists in Kashmir’s Kulgam district, a Kashmiri Pandit workers’ organization threatened to leave the Valley if she was not shifted to a safe place within 24 hours. Rajni Bala, a resident of Jammu’s Samba district, was killed by terrorists inside a government school in Kulgam where she was performing her duty. Before him, a clerk named Rahul Bhat was shot dead inside the Tehsildar office in Budgam. In October last year, a famous Kashmiri Pandit Makhan Lal Bindru, who was the owner of a pharmacy, was also murdered by terrorists, as well as some migrant labourers.

Substantial reduction in terrorist attacks in 2021 compared to 2018

After the Kashmiri Pandits were targeted by terrorists in 2021, claims were being made that many Kashmiri Pandits have reportedly left the Valley and gone to Jammu. Some Kashmiri Pandits on government duty in Kashmir had also accused the government of forcing them to stay posted in the Valley. Similarly, questions were also raised regarding the safety of migrant laborers. On Wednesday, the government told Parliament, “The government has a zero tolerance policy against terrorism and there has been a significant improvement in the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.” There has been a substantial drop in attacks from 417 in 2018 to 229 in 2021.

‘No Kashmiri Pandit has migrated from the Valley’

When the government was asked a question about the recent killings at the hands of terrorists in the valley, the Minister of State for Home said, “Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package in the Valley, 5,502 Kashmiri Pandits have been provided government jobs in various departments of the Jammu and Kashmir government.” Along with this, he told the Parliament, ‘As per the records, no Kashmiri Pandit has migrated from the Valley during the said period as per the information.’

6,000 transit houses are under construction

Let us tell you that the Narendra Modi government is trying to resettle the Kashmiri Pandits who have migrated in the valley. Rai informed that under the Prime Minister’s Development Package announced on November 7, 2015, the Government of India has approved the construction of 6,000 transit accommodation in various districts of the Valley for Kashmiri migrant workers. Of these, 1,025 units are ready or in ready state, 1,872 units are in various stages of preparation and work on the rest has been started.

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