Pakistan shell denies Jammu girl her first day in college

  • Vikram Sharma, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2015 13:19 IST

The excitement of first day in college never came in her life. Mamta Chaudhary, 17, a resident of Raipur Sazdian, 28 km from Jammu, could not attend her RS Pura Degree College as a mortar shell fired by Pakistan troops landed in her house early on Thursday morning.

When she was busy in cleaning her house around 7 am on Thursday, a mortar shell landed at Tarsem Chaudhary's (Mamta's father) house.

It was a bolt from blue and she decided to stay at her house rather than joining her friends at RS Pura Degree College.

"It's not Pakistan's mortar shell that denied me my first day at college, but my own government's poor response to Pakistan's repeated firing has debarred me my first date with college," she said.

The 17-year-old girl has slammed Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre for the plight of people living close to border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nearly 8-10 Pakistan mortars landed at Raipur Sazdian from 2 pm to 7 am on the intervening night of July 15 and July 16. Mamta has passed Class 12 examination in first division from the Government Girls Higher Secondary School RS Pura.

She said, "Had the present government put an end to Pakistan's aggression after coming to power, I would have secured more marks in Class 12. I had to often run to relatives' places at adjacent villages or to Jammu during my examination time."

Sazdian villagers were of common opinion that the village has been witnessing increased shelling since the Modi government took over at the Centre.

Though she missed her first day in college, she is determined to be an engineer later in life.

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