A team of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders visited border areas of the state, including Arnia and Sugahpur, which have been badly affected by the Pakistan firing.
Led by state party vice-president Ramesh Arora, the team visited several houses that were damaged during the firing and met the affected families.
Arora, while expressing sympathy with the bereaved families, said Pakistan army had been indulging in unprovoked firing, thus had been violating the norms by resorting shelling at civilians. "Pakistan is misinterpreting our step towards friendship as our weakness, but now we cannot sit as mute spectators on the deaths caused by our neighbours," he said, adding that India wanted to live as good neighbours.
Arora said, "It is the time to strongly retaliate to the Pakistan firing." He said people of the border areas were brave enough and were ready to face any consequence, but wanted that the Pakistan forces should not be spared for killing the innocent.
The party vice-president said the state government had failed an alternative accommodation for Jammu based people, residing in border areas, due to their wrong policies. He also demanded ex-gratia compensation for the families of the victims. He said relief of `10 lakh to next kin of the deceased and rs 2 lakh each to the injured, permanent government job, and 5 marla plot as temporary measure for the person residing at border area.
He added that it was a high time to attack vital installation of Pakistan army to stop such innocent killings.