BARAMULLA: 90 houses were partially damaged in cross-border firing/shelling in five villages of border town Uri in the past month.
Official reports said that over the past few days, when guns from both sides have been silent in the Hajipeer sector, teams of Revenue department officials visited the five affected villages – Churanda, Tilawari, Silikote, Balkote and Hathlanga – and collected the details of damaged houses.
Uri Tehsildar Mohammad Aslam said that one house belonging to Fayaz Ahmad Awan of Silikote village was completely gutted while the other 90 houses were damaged partially. “We collected data from the five affected villages where we found that 90 houses in these villages were partially damaged while the house of one Fayaz Ahmad Awan of Silikote was completely gutted and damaged in the cross-border firing and shelling,” the Tehsildar said. He said that the revenue department team was going to forward the details to the Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, for further action.
Local people whose houses were damaged in the shelling said that some among them who had had their roof tops damaged are now using polythene sheets to stop the rain water while others whose dwellings had smashed windows or broken walls had fixed tin sheets to cover the damage.
“Guns from both sides are silent, but people are still living in threat. We can’t move freely in our villages because we know that the forces of both sides can target each other at any time,” a local of Silikote village said.
He said, “We saw people on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) too reached their homes and every day teams of officials are visiting the areas to collect details of loss of property on the other side of the LoC” he added.
The people said that from the past two weeks, forces of both India and Pakistan are moving in civil uniform to monitor the situation, but as of now, there is peace from the last two weeks on both sides of the Line of Control.