June 2018 News

Border Inhabitants Want Rajnath To Fulfil Promises

6 June 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra & Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: Ahead of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's visit to the state on Thursday, border dwellers have reminded him of the 'unfulfilled' promises he had made with them during his visit to the state in September last year. During his two-day visit, Rajnath will review the unilateral Ramzan ceasefire in Srinagar and meet border residents affected by shelling in the Jammu region. Although an eerie silence prevails on the borders after Sunday's shelling in the Pargwal and Kanachak sectors of Jammu district, fear-stricken residents have demanded solution of their problems once and for all. During his visit to the Nowshera area in September 2017, Rajnath had hailed the border dwellers as 'strategic assets'. He had said: 'Whatever is possible, I will do to resolve the problems of the border dwellers. You are facing unnecessary problems.' Ex-sarpanch of Changia panchayat Raghubir Singh said their patience was running out. 'Our patience is running out. Death and destruction has become a routine and our houses are being shelled,' said the Changia resident, the worst-affected border belt in the recent firing in the Arnia sector. Mohammad Shoukat of Pukhani village said the government should take some effective steps to ensure sustainable and lasting peace. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to visit the border town of RS Pura on Friday to take stock of the situation along the International Border. 'We are finalising the Home Minister's programmes in Jammu,' said Jammu DC Rajiv Ranjan.