R S Pura (IB) : Several villages along the International Border in this sector wear a deserted look as the residents, after spending two nights of horror, decided to migrate to safer places after Pakistan violated the ceasefire, targeting the civilian population.
As one enters the border villages, locked doors can be seen and an eerie silence prevails that is punctuated by the sporadic noise of bullets or mortar bombs. “We spent the past two nights in horror, when bombs fired from the Pakistani side landed on our houses and in our front yards. “We thought that it might pass away, but today we decided to move out and shift to a safer place,” Bhushan Kumar, a resident of Korotana Khurd village said. Most of the houses in this village have been abandoned as the residents have migrated to safer places to save themselves from the ceasefire violation.
In the past 24 hours ten civilians including seven women members of one family have been injured due to the ceasefire violations in RS Pura sector. The injured are undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu. The district administration has instructed closure of educational institutions in the border areas and has asked the people to remain cautious.
Even as the community bunkers made by the government have become a second home for a large number of border residents a large number have preferred to migrate to safer places. “While majority of the villagers have left for safer locations, one or two men have stayed back in every village so as to provide fodder to the cattle. “We are risking our lives to feed our cattle,” Vikram Singh, a resident of Budhipur village, said.
Several villagers, who have left their houses, say they would only return when there is permanent peace on the border as they don’t want to risk their lives to the Pakistani fire. The border residents also rue that they have not been given the plots promised by the state government.–PTI