High Tension at LOC, J&K CM reviews safety of people
With Pakistan intensifying shelling along the border, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday directed the administration to take all requisite measures for ensuring safety of life of people living close to the border.
SRINAGAR: With Pakistan intensifying shelling along the border, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday directed the administration to take all requisite measures for ensuring safety of life of people living close to the border.
Two women of a family were killed on Wednesday and 15 others were injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll to 8 in the continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan for over a week.
Pakistani Rangers targeted 50 border out posts (BoPs) and 35 hamlets overnight along the 192-km boundary. The escalation has triggered an exodus, with 16,000 people moving to safer areas from border villages.
Over 70 people have been injured in the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, including 15 today.
Pakistani Rangers targeted Chillary village along IB in Samba district around 7.30am today. In the mortar shelling, Shukuntla Devi and her daughter-in-law Poli Devi were killed while their husbands along with two children of Poli were injured, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Samba, Anil Mangotra told PTI.
All the inhabitants of the village with a population 1,700 have fled from border hamlet to safety.
J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday took stock of the situation at the border.
"Food, temporary shelter, transportation, medical facilities and supply of drinking water should be made available at the camps established for border people who have migrated for heavy shelling from their areas," Omar directed the divisional administration of Jammu region.
Omar conducted a meeting via video conferencing with the divisional commissioner, inspector general and deputy commissioner Jammu.
The chief minister received brief about the arrangements made to safeguard the lives of border people under the shelling from across the border.
Omar was informed that 24 temporary camps have been established in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts at safer places for the families hit by the shelling and over 7,000 people are residing in these camps.
It was stated that free food, medicine, blankets and other requirements are being provided to the inmates of these camps.
The chief minister directed identification of more places of shelter so they are utilised in the hour of need.
Private banquet halls and other accommodation should be identified for providing shelter to the affected, he said.
The chief minister directed the divisional commissioner to sensitize all the concerned deputy commissioners in this regard and ensure that people migrating from the shelling-hit areas do not face any difficulty on account of food, shelter, medicine, drinking water and other such requirements.
17 Oct 2019 4:40 AM GMT