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40,000 border residents in Jammu and Kashmir migrate amid warlike situation, say police

Each household has left behind a male member to fend for the cattle and guard their homes from burglars.

india Updated: May 23, 2018 10:26 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir,Samba,Kathua
Villagers inspects the damage after their home were gutted by firing from the Pakistan side of the border in Jora farm village, in Ranbir Singh Pura district of Jammu, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

Over 40,000 border villagers were forced to migrate from their homes as the Pakistan Rangers continued targeting civilian and defence facilities in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts on Wednesday, police said.

While some of the migrants have taken shelter in makeshift camps set up by the administration, most others preferred to shift to the houses of relatives and friends.

Each household has left behind a male member to fend for the cattle and guard their homes from burglars.

The Pakistani side resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at the Border Security Force and civilian facilities for the third consecutive on Wednesday, a police officer said.

Although the BSF was strongly and effectively retaliating, the officer said that there were confirmed large scale migration from RS Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh and other sectors close to the international border (IB).

A villager shows a pockmarked wall caused due to alleged shelling from the Pakistani side of the border at Arnia village, in Jammu, on May 22, 2018. (PTI)

On Tuesday, 18 civilians were injured in the Pakistani shelling in RS Pura and Ramgarh sectors.

Those with serious injuries were referred by attending doctors to government medical college hospital in Jammu.

Dozens of cattle have also perished in Pakistani shelling while houses and other structures have suffered huge damages.

First Published: May 23, 2018 09:58 IST