Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – A group of Pakistani Hindu migrants residing in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, have taken to the streets to stage a protest after the district administration demolished their 28 temporary settlements.
The migrants allege that their homes were intentionally set ablaze during the bulldozing operation, purportedly under the influence of IAS officer Tina Dabi.
According to the protesting migrants, the district administration, under the direction of IAS Tina Dabi, destroyed their dwellings without any prior warning or alternative arrangements.
They claim that their homes were reduced to ashes, leaving them without shelter and their belongings destroyed.
In defense of the action taken, Tina Dabi stated that the migrants had illegally occupied land that belonged to the state government’s urban improvement trust.
She further asserted that the move was carried out based on complaints received from the sarpanch of Amarsagar and local residents, suggesting that the demolition was necessary to reclaim the government-owned land.
The state government, however, has not issued any specific guidelines regarding the resettlement of non-citizen migrants, leaving a lack of clarity on how to address their plight.
This situation has intensified the grievances of the affected Pakistani Hindu migrants, who are demanding justice and suitable alternatives to the demolished settlements.
The protesters are highlighting the challenges they face as migrants in a foreign country and are urging the authorities to provide them with adequate support, including proper housing and livelihood opportunities.
They assert that they have fled persecution in Pakistan and sought refuge in India, hoping for a better future for themselves and their families.
The protest by the Pakistani Hindu migrants has drawn the attention of human rights activists and civil society organizations, who are calling for an impartial investigation into the allegations of arson and the legality of the eviction.
They emphasize the need for a humane approach to addressing the complex issue of resettling non-citizen migrants, considering their vulnerable circumstances and the protection of their basic rights.
As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the district administration, state government, and concerned authorities will respond to the demands of the protesting migrants and address the broader issue of resettlement for non-citizen migrants in Rajasthan.