Baramulla: The blessed month of Ramazan is when villagers living along either side of the Line of Control (LOC) follow each other in the time of Sehri and Iftar, the pre-dawn and post-sunset meals.
Villagers in Uri and Kupwara sectors said that they listen for calls across the border announcing the time of Sehri and Iftar. Villagers of Gowalta, Churanda, Silikote, Tilawari, Hathlanga, Balkote, Thajal, Sadpora, Balkote, and others in Uri sector of district Baramulla said that not only people from this side of Kashmir follow the announcements on the other side, the people living on other side in Pakistani Administered Kashmir (PaK) also follow announcements from their side in this holy month.
“Sometimes we can’t hear the announcement of Sehri from our mosques when there is no electricity. We follow the announcements from the other side and so do they,” said Gulam Hassan, a resident of Silikote.
Village head of Churanda, Lal din Ahmad, said, “Border villagers are always without electricity. Sometimes our lines are damaged while sometimes their transformers are. So the people are always depending upon each other.”
The people living along the LoC in Kupwara sector also said the same. They said that two sectors in Kupwara district, Keran and Tangdar, are very close to the border fence and people can easily hear announcements from the other side.
Keran Bala and Keran Payeen are two villages that are very close to the vllages in Neelam valley on the other side of Kashmir. In Tangdar sector, Teetwal and Jabri villages are quite close to Chalyan and Jabri villages on the other side.