Srinagar, Feb 4 : Expressing deep shock and grief over death of a civilian in mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara, former finance minster Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday appealed Centre to sanction funds for immediate construction of underground bunkers for inhabitants of left out border areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, Bukhari expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of Saleem Ahmed, a 60-year-old civilian who was killed in Tadd village of Karnah sectors of the Kupwara district on Monday evening. “It is unfortunate that there is no let up in shelling even during winters-causing more worries to the civilian population living in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir,” they remarked.
Referring to a Defence Ministry report indicating an increase in the incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC in J&K since August 2019, Bukhari said that in view of the heightened cross-border shelling, the government must sanction and order speedy construction of concrete, underground bunkers for all left out border areas in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts. He said that the bunkers have been found to be an effective response to cross-border shelling, providing border residents a safe place to cover themselves during shelling incidents.(UNI)