Surgical strike aftermath: Border residents in ‘chaos’

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Pardeep Singh Bali
Amid escalating tension along the Line of Control and International Borders, the local residents are apparently in chaos, courtesy unplanned ‘evacuation’ orders from the district administration.
A border resident from Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor-Des Raj accused the district administration of not providing them basic facilities, despite ordering them to move to safer places.
“The district administration since Thursday has instructed the villagers to move to safer places. However, no proper arrangements have been made, despite knowing the fact that Pakistan will retaliate back,” said Raj, adding, “Owing to the cold response from the district administration, the border residents in this sector are forced to spend nights in open and without food.”He further said that in one of the camps, where over 30 families are taking shelter, the administration has not provided any eatables.
“The people at Pallanwala Salawai Ashram camp are putting up there for last three days, but administration has not provided food to the people,” said Desh Raj, adding that around 1500 people are staying since firing from across the border.
Meanwhile, camp mates from Narayana Higher Secondary School also reported same complaints, saying “there is no food, no security at these camps and the families are left at the mercy of god.”
“We have received only rice from the district administration. We request the government to extend basic facilities, so that in this hour of depression, our families may not suffer much,” said Rahul.
Contrary to these allegations, deputy commissioner Jammu-Simrandeep Singh said that they have received complaints in this regard and after assessing the complaints it was informed that the concerned camps are not set up by the district administration and the people of the area are accommodating there by their own.
“The camps where people have shifted are also not safe. They are sitting there on their own,” said DC, adding they have been conveyed to shift to the official camps, where facilities will be extended.
Talking to Newspoint, PHE Minister-Sham Choudhary said that most of the border belts are safe and the people are reluctant in leaving there places.
“I personally visited the border areas and the people are not afraid. They are infact happy. Still I request the people residing at other border villages that there is no need to panic, the security forces are vigil to take care of them,” he said.

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