651 Pandit Families Living In Kashmir

651 Pandit Families Living In Kashmir

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By Saima Bhat Fifty two-year-old, Santosh and her two sons are among the 651 Pandit families who didn’t migrate when the turmoil started in Kashmir. Their decision was taken by Hari Krishan, Santoosh’s husband, who died shortly after his house in Barbarshah, Srinagar was burnt. The family says their house was burnt by some ‘miscreants’ as a reaction to the act of Indian troops who, to catch a militant, burnt down a shrine in Chare-i-Sharief in 1995. While Santosh’s family survived the fire with the help of her Muslim and Pandit neighbours, the brunt of the loss they went through

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