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Unprovoked shelling by Pakistan forces 28,000 villagers to migrate

JAMMU: In the wake of unprovoked mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers during the last fortnight, about 28,000 people have migrated from near the international border in Jammu district alone.

Disclosing this, an official spokesman of the Jammu Kashmir government said that these people hail from Arnia, Trewa, Nikkkowal, Jora Farm, Suchetgarh, Abdullian, Chinore, Pargwal, Garkhal and Hamirpurkona. They have been shifted to temporary shelter camps set up by the district administration at safer places.

As the firing from across the border has also forced them to carry along with them nearly 7,000 livestock, the administration has constituted 17 teams of veterinary doctors to provide medicare facilities to the live stock at camps. They include 13 teams from animal husbandry and four teams from sheep husbandry department, with each comprising a veterinary assistant surgeon, two paravets and two attendants.

Two mobile clinical units headquartered at Jammu are also assisting these teams who are working in RS Pura, Bishnah, Marh, besides Askhnoor and Khour blocks. Nearly 153 quintals of wheat and fodder have been provided to farmers as per their requirement.

While 29 animals have died, more than 85 injured in recent border firing in Jammu district, the spokesman added.