Jammu, Sep 22: As many as 727 border dwellers caught in shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts have been evacuated to safer places by the police.
Six civilians were injured yesterday as Pakistani troops targeted Indian border outposts and villages along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Samba districts.
“As many as 727 civilians (living along the borderline with Pakistan) were evacuated to safer places from these areas (Arnia, R S Pura and Ramgarh sectors)”, a police spokesman said today.
Of these, 78 Gujjars living in Jorafarm village were caught in shelling and evacuated by the police. Similarly, others were evacuated from other villages located along the IB in Arnia border.
There has been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this week.
Pakistani troops targeted more than 15 BoPs yesterday. Indian troops retaliated effectively. The exchange of fire went on intermittently till late last night.
Pakistani troops had also shelled Jerdha hamlet in Ramgarh sector of Samba district.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today visited R S Pura and took stock of arrangements put in place at the relief camps established at Panchayat Garh Laswara, Government Higher Secondary School Salehar, Gujjar Basti Jajowal and other relief camps for the people affected due to shelling and cease-fire violations in Arnia sector of Jammu district.
The Deputy Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary, Vice Chairman State Advisory Board for the Welfare, Development of Scheduled Castes Bushan Lal Dogra, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jammu Arun Manhas, besides other senior officers of police and civil administration.
Deputy Chief Minister was informed that about 15 camps have been established for affected people of Arnia and sufficient quantity of essential commodities have been distributed among these migrants so far.
Dr Nirmal Singh directed the officers of the district administration to ensure that basic facilities including power supply, water supply, sanitation and others are made at the temporary shelter locations.