PoK refugees take out protest march

Excelsior Correspondent

PoK refugees taking out protest rally from Bikram Chowk in Jammu on Thursday.
PoK refugees taking out protest rally from Bikram Chowk in Jammu on Thursday.

JAMMU, May 10: The displaced families from  Mirpur, Bhimber, Kotli, Muzaffrabad, Bagh, Chhamb and Deva-Batala staged strong protest and then took out a rally here today.
Carrying banners and placards in hands, these refugee families were shouting slogans against the Government and projecting their demands. The people including women in large number earlier assembled at Bikram Chowk near sourthern end of Tawi bridge.
Under the leadership of Capt (Retd) Yudhvir Singh (president) and Rashpal Singh Chib, General Secretary, the displaced people held strong demonstration for about an hour. The protest march then started towards Dogra Chowk, under the banner of PoK Refugee Front -1947, 1965, 1971. The people raising hands were shouting slogans in support of their demands. The protesters after crossing Tawi bridge and Dogra Chowk reached at Press Club and then sat on protest dharna. Capt Singh and Mr Chib then addressed the gathering.
They resolved to intensify their ongoing struggle for the educational, employment, social, political and economic package. They demanded comprehensive settlement of  the issues of PoK refugees once for all. They have been given just false assurances by the State and Central Governments in last 60 years. They said their population is more than 15% of the total population in the State but their share in the Government jobs is very less. They condemned the State Government for its repressive attitude and said that despite several representations to Revenue Minister, Chief Minister and even to the Union Home Minister, their issues remained unattended. They dispersed after rally outside Press Club.


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