JK govt reviews preparedness in Jammu border villages

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday reviewed the preparedness of the administration to deal with any exigency in border villages, following continued alleged ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister Sham Lal Choudhary chaired a meeting here to review the preparedness of the administration to deal with any exigency in the wake of prevailing situation in border villages, an official spokesman said.

He said the minister convened the meeting after he had an interaction with the villagers, who lost their livestock in the recent cross-border firing in Sai village.

A woman, a BSF personnel have been killed and several civilians injured, while several structures including a temple have been damaged in the alleged unprovoked and indiscriminate Pakistani firing and shelling in Arnia sector over the past four days. Several bovine animals also perished in the firing.

Choudhary inspected the community bunkers in the village and asked the law enforcement agencies to remain on high alert and take swift action, if any emergency arises.

He directed the health department to station ambulances at Sai, Arnia, and Baspur and keep their staff alert for dealing with any contingency, the spokesman said adding the animal husbandry department was also asked to provide free medicines to people whose livestock is injured in the alleged firing.