With no let up in mortar shelling from Pakistan for the last about a week, over twelve towns along the International outskirt in R S Pura and Arnia areas looked like phantom towns on Thursday as almost 90% for every penny of the villagers have relocated to more secure places alongside their steers.
“What is the choice when mortar bombs fall on your homes,” asked Romesh Lal, 45, who alongside his two brothers had as of now moved their joint family of 16 individuals people to R S Pura town. They had returned home in the morning to see their dairy cattle, however now they were considering conveying them additionally to R S Pura as on Thursday morning itself, a BSF head constable Jitender Kumar of Bihar got killed there while seven regular citizens harmed at close-by Gopur Basti and Khurd in mortar shells discharged from over the fringe.
Just August a year ago, Romesh had lost his younger brother Pawan in mortar shelling. His 85-year-old father Ajeet Singh was seriously harmed and he must be moved to Amritsar for treatment where specialists excised his right arm to spare him. The family spent over a Rs 3 lakh on his treatment, however the administration gave them just Rs 75,000 exgratia as altered if there should arise an occurrence of truly harmed individuals.