Riyaz Ul Khaliq
In the backdrop of the recent killings in Shopian, the labourers from mainland India working in Kashmir have started leaving Shopian. As per reports from Shopian, 10 to 15 Sumo vehicles, carrying labourers especially from Bihar and West Bengal have already left valley in last two days.
A local, wishing anonymity, from main town Shopian told Kashmir Life that last Wednesday when he tried to contact some outside labourers (Bihari Labourers) for work, he found them missing at their residence where they were putting as tenants.
“A friend of mine informed me that the Bihari people temporary residing there had left for their homes,” he told KL.
The locals from Shopian said that the non local laborers have sighted non availability of work reason for their hasty departure. “They have told their friends here that they don’t have any kind of work to do that is why they were leaving,” he added.
Pertinently, one of the four youth killed by paramilitary troopers CRPF on September 07 in Gagren, was a non local as per various media reports. A former Congress minister from Shopian also told media on Thursday that “he was a laborer from Bihar.”
Meanwhile the police claim that the fourth youth was a foreign militant.
In last many years now, Kashmir saw a huge influx of labors coming from mainland India mostly from West Bengal and Bihar.