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‘It will go on like this’: Jammu residents wait in relief camps after shelling by Pak

Shelling by the Pakistani army along the LoC on Sunday damaged buildings and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 border dwellers on Sunday.

india Updated: May 14, 2017 20:54 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Children inspect a house damaged by mortar shells at Jhanghar village in Nowshera.
Children inspect a house damaged by mortar shells at Jhanghar village in Nowshera.(Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)

The ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir forced 104-year-old army veteran Inderjeet Singh and his fellow villagers into a relief camp.

Shelling by the Pakistani army on Sunday damaged buildings and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 border dwellers, following which Indian troops retaliated. This was the fourth ceasefire violation by Pakistan in four days and the second in Rajouri district in two days.

“This mindless shelling heaps miseries and pain on innocent people on either side of the Line of Control (Loc),” says Singh, of Jhangar village in Rajouri district.

“Instead of getting into a mad race of military might and conflict, India and Pakistan should better improve their dismal economies,” he says, as the Pakistani army violated ceasefire along the LoC in Rajouri sector.

Singh -- who has seen the 1947 partition and fought in the 1965 and 1971 wars -- says, “It’s enough of bloodshed and ugly skirmishes on the border. Both the countries should work out a solution to their problems, including Kashmir, in the interest of their citizens.”

“Wars and conflicts only cause pain and agony to the poor people on either side of the border,”Singh tells HT at the relief camp set up at the government higher secondary school in Rajouri.

His niece Satnam Kour (65) too says the family has seen wars and now the shelling has forced them to flee from their home and take refuge at the camp. “Earlier, it was our grandparents and now us and then our coming generation will be subjected to shelling and firing. It will go on like this... nothing good will ever happen to people living on the India-Pakistan border.”

Savitri Devi of Jhangar Khamba concedes that though the administration had opened the school for them and was providing them meals, life is hard in the camps.

“Studies of our children have again been affected and cattle back home are unattended. Harvesting of wheat crop has also been affected adversely. Our lives have become miserable,” Savitri says.

Smoke rises after firing from Pakistan along the border in Nowshera. (Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)

Fifty one schools in Nowshera sector have been closed for an indefinite period while 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zones have been closed for three days, affecting 4,600 students.

At least two civilians, including a minor girl, were killed as Pakistan pounded 35 villages and Indian posts with mortars.