Do not leave villages outside border fence: Uri residents plead admin

Do not leave villages outside border fence: Uri residents plead admin

Baramulla: With Indian army reportedly planning to install a new border fence along the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir, residents of villages falling outside the current fence are demanding that the fence be installed beyond their villages.
Lal Din Ahmad, village head of Churanda, said that they want the army to install the fence out of the village “so that people can live freely on this side of Kashmir”.
Several villages fall outside the border fence erected by the army to stop infiltration across the Line of Control. Residents of villages falling outside the fence face enhanced restrictions and curbs on movement.
A letter written by villagers to district magistrate/deputy commissioner Baramulla requests the official to use his approach “so that army install it out of village”.
The letter said that when the border fence was installed by Indian army in 2003 it left the Churunda village with some 300 families outside the fence.
People are allowed in and out through a gate “after proper check up”.
“The army closes both the gates in the evening for the night and people are living on other side of fence on the mercy of God,” the letter said.
The villagers handed over the letter to Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri on Friday and requested him to forward the letter to DC Baramulla, and concerned army officials.
Earlier, the villagers living along the LOC have held several protest several protests demanding bunkers.