Large contigent of Hindus from Pak arrives in India

via published on July 12, 2011

AMRITSAR: As many as 600 Hindus, including women and children, arrived in India via Attari land border on Monday. Custom’s deputy commissioner RK Duggal said that the group arrived here on pilgrim visas. Sources at Attari said that these Hindus, largely from Sindh province of Pakistan, had expressed their desire to permanently settle in India and have come with a large quantity of luggage and household goods.

Many of the visitors had relatives in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, said sources. Their leader Banwari Lal told security forces and customs staff at Attari that this was for the first time that such a large contingent of Hindus from Pakistan had arrived to permanently settle in India due to restive conditions in Pakistan. In the past, some Hindu families had been arriving India on board Samjhauta Express to settle here. Many of them have been living in Amritsar also, they added.

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