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Jammu [India], August 8: More than 5,000 labourers who worked along the Kashmir valley have on Wednesday morning fled to Jammu after Indian government led by BJP leader Narendra Modi scrapped Article 370 and removed Jammu and Kashmir‘s special status.

Jammu Tawi railway station met with an unprecedented rush with the labourers trying to catch trains going back to their home, according to Times of India.

After arriving in Jammu, most of them claimed they were forced by “some elements” to leave Kashmir. “I had been working in the valley for over a decade but never faced such a situation,” said Mohiuddin Alias Munna, a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh who was working with a local carpentry unit on Srinagar’s outskirts.

Mohiuddin claimed things were totally fine till Tuesday night when he along with his friends left UP. “We were told to leave the valley as soon as possible and our wages were also denied,” another labourer chimed in.

As a total security lockdown in occupied Kashmir entered its fourth day on Thursday, reports developed several poor migrant workers have started escaping the Himalayan locale to come back to their distant towns in northern and eastern India.

Migrant workers in occupied Kashmir whined on Wednesday their Kashmiri businesses didn’t pay them any pay as security powers started forcing tight travel limitations throughout the end of the week and requested that they find employment elsewhere.

On Wednesday, laborers swarmed the railroad station at Jammu, the winter capital of the state, as they hung tight for trains destined for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. They conveyed their possessions on their heads and under their arms, tied in bedsheets.

After Kashmir’s special status was dissolved, Kargil’s religious and political associations met to examine the changes, issuing an announcement denouncing the Indian government for acting “without the consent from the people”.

On Tuesday, the gathering called for a district-wide shutdown as a “token of public resentment against the unjustful decision taken by the union government”.

Schools and shops were covered, and lanes were unfilled aside from a gathering of demonstrators who walked while yelling trademarks censuring the detachment of Ladakh.

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