STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The indefinite chain Dharna under the chairmanship of Rajiv Chuni, Chairman SOS International on Friday entered the 16th consecutive day here. Led by team from Samba District, Kartar Singh accompanied by other members Rashpal Singh Bhatti, Shamsher Singh, Parveen Singh, Rajinder Kumar and Sunil Bhatti sat on the indefinite chain Dharna. Kartar Singh, while leading the Dharna, cursed the government for violation of human rights of over one million people displaced from PoK for the last seven decades. “No one will find such type of human rights violations all over the world where despite lapse of such a long period the displaced persons from PoK are still living in miserable conditions in 39 filthy camps created for a brief period till the displaced persons are fully rehabilitated but alas despite lapse of over 70 years these people are still languishing in camps without the basic needs of life”, he added. Kartar Singh alleged that during this severe cold weather at minimum temp of 4 degrees Celsius and sitting on roads for demanding legitimate rights is itself a violation of human rights as most of the protesters are prone to serious diseases and have been compelled by the local government and Government of India to sit on indefinite Dharna. Kartar Singh warned the government to get ready for facing the consequences which will prove counterproductive and harmful to the government in due course of time. The indefinite chain dharna is being held over the main six key demands viz implementation of the whole package passed by State Cabinet in October 2014 for PoK Displaced Persons, provide facilities to all displaced persons at par with Valley migrants, reservation of eight seats for people displaced from PoK in J&K Legislative Assembly, permit PoK DPs to visit their religious places in PoK, inclusion of 5,300 PoK DP families living outside the State in the ambit of package passed in October 2014 and return of cash deposits with interest to PoK DPs lying with J&K Bank Mirpur.
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