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Border Dwellers Seek Permanent Solution for Ceasefire Violations

Border dwellers ask government once and for all conflict resolution.

Published: 08th October 2014 04:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2014 04:42 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

DEOLI (JK): Uprooted from their homes that have faced continuous mortar shelling and rattle of machine guns several times since Independence, dwellers living along the International Border want the government to resolve and end the conflict "once and for all", to ensure permanent and everlasting peace.

Residents of the frontier belt of Arnia situated five km from the International Border (IB), which bore the maximum brunt of the ongoing cross border shelling say, "it is better if India decides to finally end the conflict once and for all."

They said that earlier the shelling used to take place during night, but now Pakistani side resort to firing in the daytime as well.

Photos: Ceasefire Violations in Kashmir

"We want this conflict to end once and for all. We are fed up with the everyday migration. The residents of this frontier belt have to bear the maximum brunt every now and then," said Gopal Das, a resident of Arnia belt.

Hundreds of resident of the Arnia frontier belt have taken shelter at the Government High School in Deoli, where the administration along with the Army has set up a relief camp for the victims of the cross border shelling.

Video: 'Ceasefire Violations a Matter of Worry'

The villagers are in distress as they are bound to live in camps in their own village due to shelling that continued for the fourth consecutive day today.

The residents here say that they left their houses in hurry and everything was left behind.

"We had to leave our houses in the dead of the night as we had to save our lives and had no time to save anything else," said Kuldeep Kumar a resident of Arnia.

"How would someone feel when he has to live like a refugee in his own land, in his own village? We are now fed up with all this, we request our Indian government to settle this conflict once and for all," said Girdhari Lal who has taken shelter at the relief camp.

"I decided to go to my house in Arnia with my 10-year-old son at 8:47 AM today to get some household items. There was a deafening sound as a shell had hit the front yard of our house," Lal said.

He says that even though nobody was hurt but his son fainted after hearing the thud. "We somehow managed to flee the area, saving our lives" he said.

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