Our lives are centred around a few hundred metres. It can't get any worse.

Sheikhpora colony residents protest against government action . Residents say they are not safe in Kashmir .

A narrow stretch of pink and yellow buildings leads off the main road in Sheikhpora to a cluster of red and white buildings.The J&K Police and paramilitary forces' armoured vehicles line the track and guard the colony's gate.Each passerby is asked for their name, but one is allowed to enter after investigation.Around a hundred residents sit under a tent just outside the gate, with a picture of Rahul Bhat on it.

According to one of the residents, a government schoolteacher who refused to name him, paani sar ke upar (We've reached the end of our chain), no one from the colony, which was constructed to house Kashmiri Pandit migrants who took up employment in the Valley under the Prime Minister's employment package, went to work on Saturday.Except for those who had exams, none of their children attended school.The point is one: If the government does not provide us with a secure environment, it should take us to places where we are comfortable.The most popular location is Jammu, according to residents.

Lieutenant Governor Friday met with his family and accepted the offer to provide a job to his wife and pay the educational expenses for his five-year-old daughter.On Saturday, the demonstration seemed to be gearing up for the long haul, not far from the colony where he lived for almost a decade.To obtain a public address system, people positioned signs against their names in the tent where they held funds.Many residents reported that many had lost their voices after more than two days of sloganeering in the Sheikhpora transit community, with many of whom sharing a flat.

Most of them work in the Education, Rural Development, and Revenue Departments, according to Roshan Lal, whose daughter is a schoolteacher in Anantnag, South Kashmir.Colonies like Sheikhpora were developed specifically for migrant Pandits who returned to the Valley to live in transit before reintegrating into society.Sheikhpora, one of the first such colonies, was built 14 years ago and is now the largest such colony, surrounded by a concrete wall topped by concertina wire.To generate curiosity, the government had moved in over 30 Pandit families from Budgam who hadnt migrated from Kashmir, as the initial reaction was poor.The other fenced colonies are in Vessu in Qazigund, Haal in Pulwama, Mattan in Anantnag, Veervan in Baramulla, Tulmulla in Ganderbal, and Nutnusa in Kupwara.

The Sheikhpora colony gates were closed from outside on Friday night to allow the residents to enter, who stood over Bhats' death, undeterred by police lathicharge and teargas shelling, according to one resident.After the Raj Bhavan accepted their demands, Principal Secretary Nitishwar Kumar met with the demonstrators.Sanjay, a resident of Sanjay, says the security forces first opened the gates on Friday morning.We protested as some parents were forced to drop their children off to school.

The crowds had swelled and waited until 1 p.m. to march to Lal Chowk, the city center in Srinagar.Despite this, security forces refused to allow them.Many of the demonstrators claim that locals who live outside the colony had provided water and shelter to them as they sat on the road under the sun.Teenagers Saksham and Kartik, who hang at the edge of the tent holding the demonstrators, say they willingly missed school on Saturday.The two comment that they do not feel unsafe in Kashmir, and that neither they were able to leave, as some of the adults wanted.

He was a mentor to us all.He was kind, he went to work, took care of his family, and he was respectful.He would not be in harm's way, sheila says.A resident claims he was clingy, with no freedom to move freely or without fear.These gated colonies seem to have no purpose at all.

Our children are to be taught.We may be secure at night, but we are vulnerable at the office of the day, according to a schoolteacher who lives in the colony, who refers to fellow Pandit teachers who were killed earlier, saying: Almost every killing is a setback.When I go to school, my students are worried about me.When I have a minute to myself, I find myself looking at the gate to see who is entering.He says that despite years of service and becoming used to living in gated colonies in a world where people own multi-story houses, one cannot live in peril.A resident reports that the availability of more safe accommodation options has alleviated some stress, but that living conditions remain bleak.

There are also reports of families being cramped into a single apartment.Our daily lives revolve around a few hundred meters.Is this life what you call it?It cant get better than this.

According to one, we aren't even treated on the same as people who came from outside.We are here as second-class citizens.......