Pandits raise slogans

JAMMU NOV. 24. The Kashmir Committee faced a hostile crowd during its visit to a Pandit migrant camp at Purkhoo on the outskirts of Jammu today.

The committee's interaction with Pandit leaders went on smoothly. But later some of those living in miserable conditions in one-room tenements for the last 13 years raised slogans against the committee, "Go back, go back". The police and CRPF personnel escorting the members saved them from physical assault.

The migrants said they did not want to live in pitiable conditions and they wanted to return to their homeland. "The Governments only make promises to further their political agenda,'' said Vikas Bhat, a youth.

Mr. Jethmalani pacified them and assured them that the committee was well aware of their problems. "We are determined to work for your honourable return and rehabilitation which was decided at our meetings with militants also,'' he told them.