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PDP seeks compensation for victims of LoC firing

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, August 20, 2013
First Published: 19:34 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:35 IST(20/8/2013)

People's Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan on Tuesday demanded compensation to victims of firing along the Line of Control (LoC) at Mendhar and Poonch.


Talking to mediapersons, Mendhar MLA Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan asked the government to take immediate steps for providing compensation/ex-gratia relief to three people who were seriously injured in the firing at LoC in Mendhar few days back.

One of the injured, Mohammed Hafeez, is undergoing treatment in Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu. A splinter from a gunshot still exists in his body and he has not been operated upon as yet. No government official or authority has visited him and no immediate relief has been released for the injured, the MLA said.

"The callous act on part of the state government is highly condemnable. The present regime has miserably failed to meet the expectations of the people of the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and particularly the LoC belt of Mendhar constituency," he added.

Rafiq said, "The life of people living along the LoC are feeling miserable day by day as they are living under a constant threat of forced migration. The population residing much behind the fencing at the LOC from forward Balakote up to Balnoi sector is facing a forced threat of migration and some of the families from Balakote have been migrated to Poonch. The population of the area has never migrated even during the holocaust of 1947, 1965 and 1971, as even in the peak time of militancy from 1989 to 2002."


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