Amid Pak shelling, lack of bullet proof vehicles multiplies risk during evacuation

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Vishal Sharma

Despite tall claims, the state administration has failed to arrange bulletproof vehicles for the firing affected people as they are being evacuated in private vehicles and ambulances during  the heavy shelling.
Newspoint was appraised by the locals of Abdullain and adjoining villages that no bulletproof vehicle has been arranged by the district administration to evacuate them in emergency during heavy Pak shelling and they are obliged to move either by foot or via their own vehicles including two wheelers also.
They disclosed that only SDPO R S Pura is having a bulletproof vehicle and whenever he visits the border area he use to travel in that vehicle but unfortunately no vehicle has been arranged by the administration for the poor and innocent masses of border region that are dying of Pak shelling with the each passing day.
Shambu Nath a resident of Gopar Basti said that there is only one bulletproof vehicle available with the BSF for rescue of its own men and unfortunately that too stands somewhere outside the firing range. He disclosed that the martyr BSF jawan Jitendra Kumar was also evacuated firstly by the locals after getting injured on a motor cycle and then he was shifted to the BSF bulletproof vehicle in the safer area.
Newspoint bureau tried to take up the issue with all the senior police and district administration officer but unfortunately all the calls made to various officers remained unanswered, while SDM R S Pura Vikas Kundal disconnected the call after hearing the questions.
Though, a senior officer on the condition of anonymity accepted that there is shortage of bulletproof vehicles in the area and one vehicle has been arranged now by the police which is parked at Petrol Pump, R S Pura.
But since the area is very large and wide, single vehicle is insufficient and it is not possible to cover all the villages.
Worthy to mention that the population of R S Pura border belt is approximately 90,000 residing in 102 villages with 40 villages within 1 kilometer of IB fencing. These villages include Badyal, Dherian, Gopar, Fathepur, Samka, Korotana, Abdullain, Bidhipur, Dera, Dega, Chouga, Gyan, Raipur Basti, Chndu Chak and many others.
DIG, Jammu Kathua range Ashkur Ahmed Wani when asked said that government is looking towards this point, though police has called some more bulletproof vehicles from Udhampur and other districts as the situation presently is quite tense. He further said that an ultimate border safety plan is under consideration and this issue would also be an important part of that.

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