Jammu, Aug 7 : Nearly 5,000 non-local labourers working in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday reached Jammu in the fallout of abrogation of Article 370 by the Central Government in Jammu and Kashmir thus bifurcating the State into two Union Territories. The Jammu Tawi railway station this morning witnessed chaos as thousands of labourers arrived from Kashmir to rush to their homes.
The labourers from different parts of India were living in Kashmir valley in connection with skilled and unskilled work. On reaching to Jammu, they alleged that after Article 370 was abrogated, they were thrashed by some elements and forced to leave the valley. “I was working in the Valley for the past 12 years but never faced such a situation,” Mohammad Afzal from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh said.
He added that he was working as a plumber in the valley and on Tuesday night, he along with his friends from UP, were told to leave. “We asked for our money, which was due against the work done, but they did not pay us instead told us to leave the Valley immediately,” he added. Afzal said that he boarded a private cab with friends with his luggage and rushed for Jammu and heaved a sigh of relief on arriving here.
Another labourer from Kanpur, Sanjeev Kumar, a carpenter also narrated the same fate and expressed that the situation at present is very disturbing and worst than it was in 2016 when terrorist Burhan Wani was killed. However, the labourers waited at Jammu Tawi Railway Station and lined up in long queues to get their tickets to reach to their respective destinations. Meanwhile, Jammu GRP sources said that they were being helped in getting their tickets confirmed and by evening, more labourers will reportedly arrive here.UNI