February 2006 News

Life Is Back On Track In Rajouri

19 February 2006
The Indian Express

Rajkot: Here is some good news from Rajouri and Poonch. Nearly 17 years after insurgency, the region has finally heralded the return of peace by inaugurating a cinema hall. Raina Cinema Hall' was inaugurated by Maj Gen V K Dutta, GOC 25 infantry division, Rajouri, on Friday afternoon. The Raina auditorium, used as cinema hall till the late '80s, was closed in 1989 soon after militancy struck the region. Since then, nobody had dared to look towards the hall, which had once been a major focus of attraction. There was an air of celebration among the locals in the border town of Rajouri as the hall was thrown open. For many youngsters born during the turmoil, it was almost like an eighth wonder. Saima, a Class XII student who was one of the youngsters present at the inaugural function of the cinema hall, said she had never dreamt of having a cinema hall in her town. Her friend Samina was all praises for the security forces for bringing cinema back to the region. With the opening of this cinema hall, all the video halls in the town have started renovating their halls which were closed by them in the early nineties following militant threats. That the youngsters loved the film, Bunty and Babli, was evident as they yelled and laughed. Earlier, GOC 25 Infantry division Major General V K Dutta said the hall showed that normalcy had returned to a large extent. Dutta congratulated the people for making this happen. On the sidelines of the function, Deputy GOC 25 Infantry Division, Brigadier, I P Singh, told The Indian Express that the aim of opening this cinema hall is to spread the message of hope. Singh further informed that the Army planned to organise some more cultural events in the near future. Brig Singh also expressed his satisfaction over the improved security situation in the border region. Singh is credited with a number of successful operations and surrenders of militants during 1996 when he was a commanding officer of a unit in Surankote area.


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