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Schools shut for indefinite period in border areas of Jammu

Statesman News Service | Jammu |


All government and private schools within the range of 5 kilometers from international border in the Jammu district were closed for an indefinite period of time on Monday.

The decision was taken following indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers in the civilian areas along the border.

This has been done as a precautionary measure, said Jammu Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Ranjan.

The authorities are working on a solution to provide alternate facility for schools and students.

Parents are refusing to send their children to schools, as Pakistan Rangers are resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling in the civilian areas of Arnia and adjoining areas.

Several schools near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Naushera sector of Rajouri district are also closed.

In August, 500 students and teachers trapped in several schools due to indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan troops were rescued in bullet-proof vehicles of the Army and police.

Residents of the border areas in the Jammu division are demanding that one bunker for each family should be built by the government.

Most bunkers in the Arnia sector are full of rain water and as are unfit for people to take shelter at the time of shelling by Pakistan troops.