Schools re-open in tense Uri, villagers to return home from today

Schools re-open in tense Uri, villagers to return home from today
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Baramulla: Amid growing hostility between Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC), all high schools and higher secondary schools reopened after winter vacations in Uri town on Monday. The government girls’ higher secondary school, though, remained closed because people of several border villages are staying there to escape the intense cross-border firing in recent days.
Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri, D Sagar, said that three days’ extended holiday has been announced for the girls’ school but all other schools resumed their work as per schedule on Monday. The SDM added that there is peace at the LoC for the past two days and the displaced people will start returning to their homes from Tuesday.
“There are some days left before the middle and primary schools open. We are going to open all the schools as per schedule if peace remains on the borders.” The SDM said. He added that relief and rehabilitation process for the affected people will also start in the next few days.
Local sources said that the bus service across the LoC, known as Karwan-e-Aman, was allowed to cross the LoC and passengers from both sides travelled peacefully through the Kaman Bridge at Uri on Monday.
People in the area said that cross-border firing started again on Monday afternoon with Indian and Pakistani troops targeting each other by machine guns.
“I installed a white flag on my car and went to my home in Silikote to get some things from my home. In the meantime, cross-border firing started again and I returned back immediately from the village,” a displaced resident of Silikote said. Others living in the area also said that they heard a lot of cross-firing in the afternoon and they could not visit their homes.
Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Uri, Syed Javid Ahmad, denied reports of any cross-border firing and said it was practice firing. “No cross-border firing took place in any area. It was only practice firing and nothing more,” he said.