Pardeep Singh Bali
21-year-old science graduate-Asif Dar from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district has taken refugee in the winter capital of the state, after he was beaten and his family threaten by the ‘separatist henchmen’ for attending army recruitment rally.
“I am very disappointed with the approach of separatist leaders in Kashmir, they are oppressing common people. I have three sisters and ailing parents, due to which all family responsibility is on me,” said Asif, adding “I work with Pharma Company, but since last three months, I have no work and the company has stopped my salary and our family is on starvation.”
He narrated, “I am running from pillar to post for sustaining my family, but when situation like present arises, it becomes difficult for me to continue as company concerns business.”
He said that to have settled job, he went to recently held army recruitment rally in Anantnag and was happy about the response, as he was not alone to attend the same.
“We want to change the perception about the youth of Kashmir. If given an opportunity it would be an honor to serve this nation,” said Dar, who qualified the test after traveling 30 kilometers from to attend the recruitment rally.
He added, “I was very happy to see that I was not alone to participate in this rally, but this thing disturbed me that we do not have enough opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir.”
He further cried that since he had come from rally, the henchmen of separatists usually come to his house and threat his family, terming them ‘traitor’.
“I was beaten by the goons of separatists. They threatened my family of dire consequences, if I did join defence service,” said Dar, who is at present staying in Jammu.
He further claimed that like him, three families of South Kashmir have also ‘temporarily’ migrated to Jammu owing to the fear from separatists.
“These three families are accommodating at different places, including hotels to evade the wrath of separatist henchmen, who not only threatened these families of consequences, but also at several occasion used unparliamentarily language against women folk,” Dar said.
Those who made it to the recruitment camp had to leave their homes in the dead of the night to escape the wrath of stone-throwing crowds. Some of the aspirants had to face the fury of pro-azadi protesters, who thrashed them and tore apart their documents, a sign of the anger on the streets.
A majority of these cases were reported from Pulwama district were protesters caught hold of
aspirants and beat them up at many places.”It was not easy to reach the venue of recruitment, but I had long waited for this day,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that South Kashmir has been the epicenter of the pro-azadi protests in the Valley since they broke out in July after the death of militant commander Burhan Wani.
Pardeep Singh Bali