Balloon with ‘warning’ to India seized in Samba

Fear-stricken border people spend sleepless nights, Govt keeping watch on situation

Police Saturday claimed to have seized a balloon in Samba with a message, “War will continue till destruction of India”. Sources said the balloon was noticed by locals at Rajpura area near the International Border in Samba sector.

“They informed police about it after recovering a piece of cotton cloth with the message in Urdu language,” they said. SSP Samba, Joginder Singh told Rising Kashmir that balloon probably came from Pakistan.

“A message was written like a warning on the cotton cloth with red ink,” he said adding the message read, “India Tere barbadi Tek, Jang Rehe-Ge-Jang Rehi Ge”.

Singh said they have launched investigating into the matter. “The piece of cloth has been seized. It is 4/6 inch cloth piece”. Meanwhile, an army official said Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts at Pallanwala sector in Akhnoor. “They pounded our positions with mortar shells and heavy weapons,” he said adding the troops also retaliated with same caliber weapons. The official said both sides exchanged heavy fire for over three hours.

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He said there was no loss of life or injuries during the cross-LoC firing. After the fresh firing by Pakistani troops, panic gripped the border areas and they preferred to remain indoors. The locals of border areas said they have been asked to shift to safer places during the night. In Rajouri district, the administration is planning to shift residents living along the LoC to safer places.

“People of at least 68 to 70 villages will be shifted to safer places,” an official said adding none has migrated from these areas. He said they have identified over 30 safe shelters in Rajouri in case population is evacuated. People living along LoC in Poonch are spending sleepless nights.

“We fear of being bombed any time by Pakistan to revenge ‘surgical strike’ conducted by Indian army. We don’t want to abandon our houses,” said Abdul Rashid Shahpuri of Shahpur village, which is close to LoC.

He said the government should the repair the underground bunkers, which have been damaged. He said besides repairing the bunkers, government should also construct more bunkers for safety of the people.  The administration in Poonch has constituted committees to deal with any emergency situation with the administration and police. Meanwhile, forces today called off the search operation of Nar-Mankote after the militants could not be traced on third day.

“A group of militants was intercepted and engaged in gunfight with the forces at Nar-Mankote soon after it infiltrated from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK),” they said.

Sources said from last two days, force personnel were conducting massive searches in the area but nothing was found. “It seems that the militants have escaped”.


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