Bandipora: Residents of the border area of Gurez in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district have witnessed extraordinary movement of the army, 80 kilometers from here. The movement, amid reports of the army’s surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC), has gripped the area in panic with people fearing imminent artillery shelling.
Talking to Kashmir Reader over phone from the area, the local residents said they were feeling scared. They said the border area bears the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
“We are scared. The situation can escalate here also,” Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Dawar village, said.
Most of the non-locals residing in the border town including the government employees and people with business interests have left the area fearing a full-fledged war.
“The army movement has increased. This is a frightful situation. The movement is extraordinary which we haven’t seen since the 1999 Kargil war,” he said.
Areas like Achoora and Churwan near Gilgit border are in grip of panic in the past Pakistan-India wars they have suffered many fatalities due to artillery shelling.
Sources said several residents in Tulail belt and Bagtor have begun moving towards safer areas.
Locals said that the ongoing construction work on 330 MW Kishan Ganga Power project on the Kishan Ganga river by India is likely to make Gurez a target. The hydel project has come to limelight after India began reviewing the 1960 Indus Water Treaty governing the water-sharing arrangement of eight rivers between India and Pakistan. Pakistan has raised objections over the construction of the Kishan Ganga dam in the past.