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As killings mount in Kashmir, police move migrant workers to security camps


On Sunday evening, a 29-year-old Muslim construction worker from West Bengal was cooking dinner in his rented room in Central Kashmir when his phone rang. It was a police official, asking him and other migrant workers living with him to leave their rented rooms and report at the police station.

“We pleaded with them – let us have our dinner first – but they told us to go as quickly as we could,” he said. Along with the 16 other migrant workers living in the building, he made his way to the local police station. There, he saw other migrant labourers being herded into government vehicles.

“From the police station, we were taken to the security forces camp where they have kept us,” said the young construction worker over the telephone. “There are around 600-700 of us here.”

Not long before he was summoned to the police station on October 17, gunmen had burst into the rented rooms of Bihari labourers in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. They had opened fire, killing two men – Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev. Chun Chun Reshi Dev, the third resident, was also injured in the attack.

This was the fourth attack on migrant workers in Kashmir this month. On…

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