Under shadow of fear

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The continuous firing and shelling from the Pakistani side, especially on civilian areas has created a fear psychosis among the border residents,
forcing them to spend nights under the shadow of fear, besides triggering mass migration to safer places.
The border residents of five districts in Jammu province vis Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri are living disrupted life, as the Pakistan has resorted to firing and shelling on civilian areas.
Many border residents have been witnessing death closely since the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
It rained bombs and bullets on villages during the day. It was like a war is being fought and residents are caught in between.
An estimated 25,000 villagers living close to the Line of Control and international border have been forced out of their homes to take shelter in makeshift accommodations after shelling from across the border with Pakistan killed at least 19 people, including 11 civilians, in the past few weeks.
Residents of 120 villages along the IB and 47 villages along the LoC left for safer places.
Even district administration described the migration of villagers as temporary and said people left homes during the day and returned by night. They further admitted that 300 schools in Jammu division had been closed indefinitely due to shelling by the Pakistanis.
There is no doubt that raining mortar shells have turned life into a nightmare for villagers. Many of them said that the army and paramilitary forces had advised them to leave their homes for safer places. The administration has geared up, residents are being moved to safer spots.
This is not the first time that border residents are living under the shadow of fear, every time the notorious Pakistan resorts to ceasefire violations, border residents to suffer.
The government must understand the situation, as Pakistan will not stop muddling into the Indian affairs, so Indian government needs to make some permanent and one time settlement of the border residents, so that they may come out of life of fear and miseries.
Besides fear, the border residents are also marred with loss of livestock. The children are being deprived of their education, due to closure of schools. Proper arrangements must be made to vanish this aura of uncertainty for the border residents, so that they can live a life of peace and tranquility.

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