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India sanctions 200 bunkers more for families living along Pakistan border

Published: March 8, 2019

STORY: Indian on Thursday (March 07) sanctioned an additional 200 bunkers for families living along its border with Pakistan in Kashmir’s Rajouri district, hoping to keep them safe near their homes instead of evacuating them as the area is prone to frequent shelling.

The 200 bunkers will be part of initial 14,000 bunkers that India is building as part of the border bunker project for the families living alongside the Line of Control (LoC) that acts as a de facto border in disputed region of Kashmir, where ceasefire violations result in deaths and destruction of property.

District Development Commissioner (DDC) Rajouri, Mohammed Aijaz said 180 bunkers would be individual and the remaining 20 would be community.

More than 91 villages are present in the zero to five kilometer radius from the LoC, out of which 29 villages are present in the zero to 2.5 kilometer radius.

New Delhi accuses Islamabad of sponsoring militancy in Kashmir, Hindu-majority India’s only Muslim-dominated region.

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