Hundreds of poor migrant workers flee Kashmir under lockdown

JAMMU, India (AP) — Hit by a complete security lockdown in Kashmir, hundreds of poor migrant workers have begun fleeing the Himalayan region to return to their far-away villages in northern and eastern India.

Some complained that their Kashmiri employers didn’t pay them any salary as security forces began imposing tight travel restrictions over the weekend and asked them to leave their jobs.

Jagdish, who uses one name, said Wednesday that workers walked for miles (kilometers) on a highway and hitched rides on army trucks and buses from Srinagar to Jammu, a distance of 260 kilometers (160 miles).

The fleeing workers crowded the railroad station at Jammu waiting for trains.

Indian authorities clamped a complete shutdown on Kashmir as they scrapped the state’s special privileges and divided it into two union territories.

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