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At J and K border, locals retreat to bunkers

Published: 30th September 2016 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2016 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

JAMMU: The next few nights are going to be long nights for hundreds of families residing in villages along the International Border (IB) in Jammu with heavy shelling anticipated from Pakistan.
People there are so used to the shelling that they have built underground bunkers. Those less fortunate will have to head to the community bunkers built by the state government recently.
Border Security Force officials have advised their troopers patrolling the border to be extra vigilant, especially for snipers.
The sarpanch of Changiya village, Raghubeer told Express on Thursday, “We have become used to sudden bursts of shelling from the Pakistan side. Most of us have built small bunkers underneath our houses. I will spend the night in the bunker.’’
On Thursday, the local tahsildar and sub-divisional magistrate called up all sarpanches and informed them to instruct villagers to move at least 10-15 km away from the border. Many villagers were reluctant. While some have gone to their relatives’ houses elsewhere, others said they would wait and watch.

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