The Hush Post| 11:15 am |one-minute-read|
It’s official. The first Kashmiri Pandit has returned to his homeland in Srinagar. Today Roshan Lal Mawa is 74. He left the Valley when he was 45. A youth came and pressed four bullets into his body. 30 years later, he is back to open his wholesale shop at Gada Kocha at Zaina Kadal in Srinagar.
“That morning a youth came and shot me four times. A bullet hi my head as well. My family took me to Delhi and after the treatment there I settled and opened a shop at Khari Baoli. I started doing well there as well. But I missed my home,” Roshan Lal Mawa said.
He says that his store by the name of Nand Lal Maharaj Kishore was doing well before the outbreak of militancy in late 1980s.
I am here and even my Muslim brethren welcomed me with open arms. They also did my dastarbandi. Even my son Sandeep was welcomed with open arms,” Mawa said.
Roshan Lal Mawa has three children, two sons and a daughter. Mukhtar Ahmad a Muslim shopkeeper in Gada Kocha said”We are delighted that the Mawa family has returned and I would like to urge other Kashmiri Pandits as well to return.
Mawa and his son Sandeep tried rehabilitation of 50 Kashmiri Pandit families in 2016. However, after Burhan Wani was killed the rehabilitation had to be stopped.