Beggars from UP, Bihar, Kolkata, Assam flood Anantnag markets

Aman Malik

Anantnag, May 23: This Ramadan scores of the non- local beggars from different states have thronged to the Anantnag town who are visiting door- to- door to seek alms.
The non -local beggars from the states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Kolkatta have visited valley to make money by begging in the month of Ramadan when Muslim community across the world are giving huge alms to poor.
“It has become a norm for the huge number of non-local beggars to visit Kashmir in the month of Ramadhan. These beggars are making huge money in this holy month by begging outside mosques and shrines. Yesterday morning I saw large numbers of non- locals arriving from a truck and soon after arriving here they started making rounds to the area,” said Ab Rahman Tantary, a resident of Qazigund.
These non -local beggars who arrive here in large number get scattered to famed markets and towns of the valley.
The beggars are often seen working in small groups having at least one amputated person accompanied by a child who helps him in collecting money from people. They collect alms at different places including footpaths, markets and mosques.
“In different villages of south Kashmir, these professional non local beggars enter into homes and demand Zakat from people. They take rice, pulses and clothes from people in the form of alms,” Nisar Ahmad, a resident of Anantnag said.
With this increasing population of beggars, the locals as well as the tourists have to face immense inconveniences as these beggars encountered them in groups and take money from them.
“They are present at almost all traffic signals, commercial markets and public place and invade locals until they get money from them. Outside bakery shops, ATMs, mosques, these beggars chase a person and take money from him,” he added.
Further the presence of non –local beggars are increasing the health risks as most of them are found living in the filthy conditions.
“These beggars live on the footpaths and are seen eating the littered food items. There are maximum chances that a person might fall prey to some communicable diseases while handing over something to them,” said Farooq Ahmad a local.