The Central Government is building community bunkers with the help of the Army to protect civilians from shelling on forward Indian settlements along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir. So far 48 underground bunkers have been prepared in the Machhal sector of district Kupwara.
Although the LoC is calm since 25 February 2021, many people have lost their lives due to frequent shelling before that. There have been many disabilities. Machhal Sarpanch Habibullah Butt said that the bunkers have instilled a new sense of security and confidence in us. When these bunkers were not there, we faced many problems during Pakistani shelling. Now five months have passed since the shelling stopped, but no one here can tell when the Pak army should break the ceasefire. These bunkers have given us encouragement. For this, we are very grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Habibullah said that bunkers have been built in our area during the last one year. We have urged the government to build such bunkers in Tangdar, Karnah also. When these bunkers were not there, we used to hide under rocks or in caves in the mountains to deal with Pakistani shells. Many a times our people were killed in the shelling or lost a part of their body forever. Now that won't happen.
These bunkers are underground and have been built in such a place, where we can reach quickly in case of any emergency. It has almost all the basic amenities of living. The material and concrete used in their construction will not be broken by any bomb shell. Another civilian named Mohammad said that since the shelling stopped, all of us are coming to our fields fearlessly, working. This war should continue. These bunkers are effective in saving lives.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said that the size of each bunker has been prepared according to the population falling within its radius. Whenever the enemy attacks, the local people can immediately take shelter in these bunkers. Well, now from the midnight of February 24, there is peace on the LoC in entire North Kashmir.
The Pakistani army has stopped shelling, expressing its desire to restore the November 2003 cease-fire agreement. Earlier, the Pakistani army used to open fire on civilian targets every day.