Several political leaders visit firing victims, condemn Pak

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 8: Several political leaders and members of various organizations visited Pak shelling affected persons and condemned the act of Pakistani troops.
Former Minister and general secretary, PCC, R S Chib who visited Jorha Farm and several other firing affected areas condemned the act of Pakistani troops. He expressed his sympathy to those who lost their dear ones in firing. Mr Chib also demanded that the compensation being paid to the victim of Pakistani firing on civilians be enhanced. He said that compensation should also be paid to those families whose cattle have been killed in shelling.
He also went to Chakrohi village where nearly 4000 buffaloes have been shifted. He stressed upon the District administration to make arrangements for the fodder of the cattle there.
Meanwhile, a team of Congress leaders including PCC vice president Th Hari Singh, Mula Ram, Parkash Sharma, Indu Pawar (MLA), Hari Singh Chib, Ashwani Puri, Neeraj Gupta, M L Kashyap, Gurdarshan Singh and others visited several border villages including Sai Kallan, Devi Garh, Chak Bullah and Flora which have been badly affected due to Pakistani firing. The Congress leaders also visited many damaged houses and met the families of persons killed and injured in the firing.
The families of the firing victims narrated their miseries. They said it was not new for them as they have been facing brunt of Pak shelling for the last many decades, but this time worst kind of situation has arisen. They demanded that some permanent solution to this problem be worked out. The PCC leaders urged upon the Government to ensure the safety of the civilians.
Former Minister and MLA Vijaypur, Surjit Singh Slathia today conducted extensive tour of Pak shelling affected areas of Vijaypur including Jerda, Nanga, Nathwal, Dug, Samdoo and Jesso Chak and took stock of situation. He was accompanied by SDM Vijaypur besides Tehsildar and BMO Ramgarh. Slathia assured the people that every possible help shall be extended to them by the Government. He asked the concerned Medical Officers to keep sufficient number of ambulances for shifting the firing victims in case of emergency.
Dy Chairman, J&K Legislative Council Javed Ahmed Rana has expressed concern over the unprovoked firing by Pakistan which has resulted loss of precious lives. He said the people are just coming out of the miseries suffered due to rains and floods and now ceasefire violations by Pak troops have added woes to their sufferings. He expressed sympathy with the bereaved families and urged the Centre to find a permanent solution.
Former Minister and Congress leader Ch Gharu Ram also visited some border villages affected with firing and condemned the Pakistani forces for targeting civilians. He expressed his sympathy to the injured and condoled the death of those killed in firing. He appealed the NDA Government to take immediate steps to save the lives and properties of border people and teach a lesson to Pakistani troops.
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) team led by state president Th Randhir Singh after touring several Pak firing affected villages expressed strong resentment over the growing situation and said that those who can not protect lives and property of citizens have no moral right to rule. Mr Singh, a former Minister hailing from district Kathua said that with the continuous shelling by the Pakistani troops the border people in large number right from Kathua, Hiranagar, Samba, Bishnah and R S Pura up to Kanha Chak and Pargwal in Akhnoor have been badly hit. He condemned the act of Pak troops and demanded that appropriate steps be taken to protect life and property of the people.
VHP Mahanagar president Dr Joginder Pal Sharma has expressed his displeasure over the alleged non-cooperative attitude of the State Government in rehabilitating the people displaced with recent border firing by Pakistan. He said the people have been forced to vacate the houses. They have been displaced many times in the past and they were demanding shelters at safer places. The Government has failed to provide alternative place at safer zones.
Dr Sharma said that he along with several other senior members like Hem Raj Khajuria, Dr Sham Lal Gupta, Som Nath Dogra and Rakesh Sharma (Convenor Bajrang Dal) visited several border villages and met the victims. The studies of the children has been badly hit and their agricultural activities have been stalled. Their cattle are also facing brunt of the Pak shelling. They are constantly living under the shadow of Pak guns. They demanded that alternative shelters at safer zones be provided to the firing affected villagers.

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