Many people planning to make underground shelters
By Nayeem Rather
Budgam: It appears that the talk of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has been taken seriously in some villages of Budgam district.
After an Urdu daily published an article on the precautions to be taken in case of a nuclear war, panic spread among the people of Choon, Kurhama, Hurro and Razwan villages, which are in the vicinity of the largest airbase in the valley. A small area of the airbase is “the Srinagar international airport”.
Many villagers are actually planning to dig underground shelters.
“This is disturbing news, we have seen the wars of 1965 and 1971 and we know how frightening they can be. We can’t take any risks,” said octogenarian Ghulam Ahmed, a resident of Kurhama.
“We made such shelters during those wars. I will construct them again this time myself. War can happen, even the newspapers have announced,” he added
People are discussing among themselves what they need to do in case the war breaks out.
“Though I know that the war will not happen but still we can’t take risk,” said Zubair Ahmed, a teenager from Hurro village.
His friend Altaf Rather said many people in the village were talking about hoarding food items.