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Cross-border fire: Fear psychosis haunts victims

india Updated: Oct 18, 2013 20:04 IST
Navneet Dubey
Navneet Dubey
Hindustan Times
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With Pakistani troops again violating ceasefire on the international border at Hiranagar, five people injured in yesterday's firing in the border village of Najwal, a forward village in Akhnoor, are living under constant fear.


Two adults and three children sustained injuries in the incident and were immediately shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Jammu, for further treatment.

The mortar shell pounded by the Pakistani side, extensively damaged the house of one Sham Lal in Najwal. His mother and three children were injured during the explosion.

Surjeet Kumar (10), Asha Devi (14) and Mala Devi (75) suffered injuries on their legs, while both arms and legs of Rama Kumari (12) were severely wounded in the explosion.

Recounting the horrific incident, Lal said, "The heavy fire from the Pakistani side lasted the entire day. My house was damaged as a shell exploded in my porch. My entire family, including mother, two daughters and son were hurt. I was away that time".

"The heavy shelling by Pakistan reminded us of the Kargil War in 1999. During that time, many families were forced to migrate from the border areas. Fear has once again gripped the local residents", he added.

Demanding tough action against Pakistan, Lal said, "We must give a befitting reply to Pakistan. I am solely dependent upon the income generated from my small farm close to the border. I cannot go to the fields in this hostile situation".

Rama Kumari said, "The firing started around 12.30 PM and continued till 3 PM. The shell hit our house around 2 PM, damaged the entrance and two rooms. I regained conscious when I was being shifted to GMCH".

Lal said his family was in dire need of financial assistance from the government.

However, Nisha Devi (40), resident of the same village, was not that lucky. She was working in a farm when a bullet from the Pakistani side hit her.

She was admitted in GMCH and her condition is stated to be serious.

Doctors will perform a surgery on her to remove the bullet.