Chamliyal Mela in JK cancelled due to ceasefire violations

JAMMU: The upcoming annual ‘mela’ (fair) at the Chamliyal border shrine along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir would not be held this year owing to frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

The epicentre of Indo-Pak bonhomie in the past, the shrine of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas, a saint popularly known as Baba Chamliyal is located in Samba district of the State and is thronged by lakhs of devotees during the three-day fair.

“The mela, which was scheduled on June 28 in Ramgarh sector, was cancelled on the advice of security agencies due to the prevailing mistrust,” District Development Commissioner Rajinder Singh said. (AGENCIES)