People living near LoC demand grant for constructing bunkers

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 11:02 hrs

Srinagar: People living in areas close to Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir are demanding special grant for construction of bunkers to escape shelling as India and Pakistan have resumed hostilities by heavy firing at each others' position.

Residents of villages close to the LoC in Uri sector of north Kashmir Baramulla district claim that the earthquake of 2005, which had flattened wide parts of Kashmir on either side of the ceasefire line, had destroyed their bunkers.

"We did not reconstruct those bunkers as we did not feel the need. The ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the LoC had held good for two years," Mohammad Aslam, a resident of Churunda village in Uri, said.

Churunda has been the worst affected areas in recent time as three civilians were killed in Pakistani shelling in October last year.

The village was again the target on January 6 but the cross LoC shelling resulted in damage to a residential house.

India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in November 2003. Barring minor aberrations, the ceasefire had been successful, providing major relief to the residents of borders areas in the state who were living in constant fear. 

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