24 Kashmiris From PoK Detained At India-Nepal Border

24 Kashmiris From PoK Detained At India-Nepal Border

22 August 2012
The Indian Express


Srinagar: A group of 24 persons, including five couples and 14 children, was detained soon after they entered India from Nepal at Sonauli immigration check-post in Maharajganj district on Tuesday evening. The group had no valid papers but claimed of being Kashmiris who had come from Pakistan. “The five men in the group said they belonged to Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Kashmir, and had gone to Pakistan about 22 years ago,’’ Inspector General of SSB’s Lucknow Frontier Anil Agrawal told The Indian Express. Agarwal said their addresses in Kashmir were verified with the help of J&K Police and a team of SSB officials was accompanying the families to Kashmir where they will be handed over to the local police. The J&K government offers a rehabilitation policy for the families returning from Pakistan to settle in the state, he said. However, IG (Kashmir zone) SM Sahai, when contacted over the phone, said he had not yet received any such information. “Our CID wing is a nodal agency to deal with such issues. This is a routine process and we will look into the matter after the group will reach here,” he said. On April 30, a group of 40 Kashmiris, including 11 men, seven women and 22 minors, was intercepted at the same check-post by the SSB personnel. They too had travelled from Pakistan and had entered Indian territory through Nepal. They were all sent to Kashmir. Sources said that five men in the group, all in the early forties, admitted that they had gone to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 1990. They claimed to have worked at militant training camps, but never attended any training. They got married to girls belonging to other Kashmiri families settled in PoK. During interrogation by SSB and Intelligence Bureau officials they said that Kashmiri families in PoK helped them escape.