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Authorities in Indian Kashmir review situation in border firing-affected areas

Published: October 6, 2017

STORY: Local authorities in Indian Kashmir on Friday (October 06) met residents living in border areas along the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto border, amid a spate of exchange of fire at the frontier.

Three children have died and over a half a dozen civilians have been wounded due to firing and shelling by Pakistani Rangers in the past week.

Jammu Divisional Commissioner, Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, who chaired the meeting, said they held detailed discussions with public representatives about the problems faced by residents.

One of the public representatives, Gulzar Hemant Jatt, said they demanded construction of bunkers where people could take shelter during shelling.

Repeated ceasefire violations in the recent months in Indian Kashmir have created fear and panic among the people, forcing many to flee their homes.

The troops of arch rivals India and Pakistan intermittently exchange fire on Line of Control (LoC), despite an agreement in 2003 that a ceasefire should be observed along the working boundary.

Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other for resorting to unprovoked firings.

India and Pakistan, who have each administered part of Kashmir since the partition of the subcontinent after the end of British rule in 1947, have fought two of their three wars over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full, but rule in part.

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