Centre assesses damages due to shelling in J&K

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 09:20:55



The team visits various border villages along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district

A FIVE-member team led by a senior Home Ministry official on Saturday visited various border villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district to assess the damages caused by cross-border shelling by Pakistan, officials said.

The team, led by Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry Rina Mitra, comprises Joint Secretary (Internal Security) Gyanesh Kumar and Director (Ministry of Home Affairs) R K Swarankar. It reviewed the problems faced by people living in the border areas, public demands and issues for a broad redressal planning, the officials said.
They said the delegation assessed losses in various villages and held detailed discussions with the people in Jhangar village, which was among the worst hit.

MLA Nowshera Ravinder Raina and MLC Surinder Choudhary along with local public deputations briefed the visiting team about the problems faced by public and demands, they said. The Special Secretary inspected the recently constructed bunkers in villages Langar and Dnaka.

The officials said the people put forward various demands, including relief in case of natural calamities, crop compensation, special development package, reservation for youth in employment and education, allotment of plots, construction of more bunkers and provision of other essential facilities. The officials said the visiting team also inspected two damaged schools that were evacuated in July amid intense shelling and visited forward areas to assess the threat perception and circumstances prevailing along the LoC.

Principal Secretary (Home Department) R K Goyal, Divisional Commissioner (Jammu) M K Bhandari and Inspector General of Police (Jammu) S D Singh Jamwal were part of the delegation as representatives of the State Government.

Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Inspector General Deepak Slathia, Senior Superintendent of Police Yougal Manhas and officers of district, sub-divisional administration and police also accompanied the team.
The team visited Samba, RS Pura and Kathua areas of Jammu on Friday.

Pakistan violates ceasefire on LoC: THE Pakistani Army has violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, defence sources said. No casualty or damage was reported from the Indian side.

Using mortars, automatics and small arms they targeted Indian positions as they resorted to unprovoked and heavy firing in Laam area of Nowshera sector on Friday evening, the Defence Ministry sources said.
“Our troops retaliated strongly and effectively. Firing exchanges began at 5 pm and continued for two hours,” the sources said.

The ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir came a day before the LoC visit of a team of senior officials of the Home Ministry in the area.

The team that visited areas along the international border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts on Friday, were scheduled to visit areas around the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Saturday.

The Home Ministry team was meeting the border residents to address the problems faced them as their lives have been adversely affected by the frequent ceasefire violations.