Neglected border villagers seek rehab at safer zones

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 9: National Panthers Party (NPP) chief patron, Prof Bhim Singh has alleged that border villagers are facing lot of hardships due to Pakistani firing and Government of India should strongly take up the issue with its counterparts.
Talking to media-persons here today, Prof Singh who along with party chairman Harshdev Singh (MLA), Yash Pal Kundal (MLA) and other leaders visited several border villages in last three-four days, took stock of situation arising due to Pakistani firing and listened to the problems of the villagers. The team of NPP leaders paid visit to many border villages in Khour, Pallanwalla, Pargwal, RS Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba and Hiranagar and assessed the situation. He demanded that these villagers affected by the firing be rehabilitated at the safer places by providing plots.
Several villagers projected their issues before the visiting Panthers Party leaders and sought their help in resolving the same. The villagers told that they were not able to cultivate their fields as they are not allowed to go beyond the fencing which has been raised deep inside the zero line. Prof Singh alleged that on Pakistani side there is no fence and their cattle etc even intrude into the Indian side and graze. It indicates that Indian authorities have literally surrendered that area to the Pakistani authorities. He claimed that over 38,000 sq km of area has been under the illegal occupation of forces and allied agencies and the farmers are not given rent or compensation. Even large part of it was under the field mines planted by Indian agencies for security reasons.
Mr Singh said that he has summed up all the problems and demands of the border villagers and will submit a charter of demands to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh next week. If the Government failed to act, NPP will move to the apex court for the protection of rights of the citizens.