LoC, IB tense; families migrate to safer places

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JAMMU: Amidst escalating tension in Poonch- Rajouri sectors and heavy shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in these twin border districts, many families have migrated to the safer zones while the Administration has closed schools up to 10 Plus 2 level along LoC and International Border. Reports from Poonch said that heavy shelling took place in Mendhar and Nowshera sector last night. Some houses also suffered damage. About 70-80 families have been shifted to safer zones while many families, specially women and children residing closer to the LoC have shifted to the houses of their relatives in Poonch and Rajouri sectors.

Though the senior officials in these districts were denying any migration or such orders issued to the border villagers but the Excelsior teams which paid visit to the affected area today talked to several villagers, who revealed that about 80 families from Pathri-Chhajla area of Mendhar were migrated to a Ziarat and were taking refuge there.
A migrated villager Mohd Hanief from Pathri revealed that due to continuous shelling since last evening, many families were trapped there at the village. He said about five cattle were killed and over dozens injured in Pak shelling. However, no loss of human life took place. Haji Ghulam Abbas said that about 80 families have taken refuse at Ziarat near Chhjjla and they are being provided food, bedding and shelter. He said from Govt side no facility has been provided so far.
SDPO Mendhar, Neeraj Padyaar, Tehsildar and Naib tehsildar had also gone to the village during this afternoon and asked the villagers to shift to the safer locations as they were being targeted by Pakistani Army since last night. The women and children from dozens of LoC villages in Mendhar, Balakote and parts of Poonch have shifted to the houses of their relatives located at safer places, away from the LoC.