Repeated ceasefire violation by Pakistan since August 6 has forced the authorities concerned in the border Poonch district to relocate schools situated along the Line of Control (LoC) to safer places. The decision was taken after some schools were damaged. The firing has also created fear psychosis among residents of the border areas who are demanding relocation to safer places.
"Students of 15 schools in Balakote and the Manjakote area along the LoC have been shifted to schools located at some distance from the border and beyond the range of Pakistani guns," said Poonch chief education officer Ashraf Chauhan.
The affected schools are of primary and middle grades with about 1,000 students.
A school at Deri village in the Mendhar area was damaged after being hit by mortars fired by Pakistan on Monday. Last week also a school was damaged in Pakistani firing.
With a population of 5 lakh, Poonch district has 118km border along the LoC and majority of its population lives there.
With increased hostilities along the border, people are demanding relocation to safer places though the administration has asked them to stay back.
Poonch deputy commissioner Sajjad Ahmad Khan said residents of Deri village in the Mendhar area were told to stay back and were assured of all assistance after they held demonstration outside the office of the sub-district magistrate on Tuesday.
"There is fear psychosis though not much damage has been caused by firing. The residents were told that a decision in this regard can be taken by the state government. They were also assured of all assistance," said the deputy commissioner.
"Majority population of Poonch district lives along the LoC so it's difficult to relocate all of them," said the DC.
According to reports, people in Balakote, Hamirpur and some other areas are also living in same fear, though there has not been any official migration.
Meanwhile, there was no report of ceasefire violation till the reports last came in on Wednesday.