“India has evacuated “over 36,000” people from its border with Pakistan to escape heavy shelling that has devastated buildings and killed cattle as tensions soar between the two nations, it has emerged.” Express reports say.
Surinder Choudhary, Sub Divisional Police Officer revealed to Express, that the town of Arnia had been evacuated as part of a necessary effort to save residents from the major conflict-hit part Line of Control (LoC). Police have evacuated a large number of people from Arnia and border crossroads. Most of them are now vacated. Over 150 kullas (grass houses) have been ransacked in the fire and several animals have vanished in the fire triggered by Pakistan shelling.
Arnia is a town in the region of Jammu and Kashmir that borders Pakistan – the area has been a place with increasing tensions between the two South Asian nations.
The Deputy Commissioner in the region of Jammu, Kumar Ranjan told Express, that 58 villages in Arnia and Suchetgarh areas have rushed deeper sides of the area for safety.
Kumar explained that over 36,000 border inhabitants have been shifted from their homes, even though many of them are taking shelter with friends and family. Over 1,000 are reportedly taking shelter in the government in schools.
The residents of Arnia say that they can sense the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars.
“People have not seen such destructive firing and shelling even in the 1965 and 1971 wars. Pakistan was entirely shelling us in Arnia,” said a local to Express
More than 20 people have lost their lives on both sides of the border due to ceasefire violation by both nations and at least 60 people have been injured along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB). The intensifying rise in violations has forced over 300 educational institutes to remain closed for the next two days along the two borders.
Meanwhile, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has appealed prime minister of India and prime minister of Pakistan to end this violation and make Kashmir a bridge of the friendship between and Pakistan, not the battleground.