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Over 40,000 Border Residents In Jammu & Kashmir Migrate Amidst Frequent Ceasefire Violations

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| May 23 , 2018 , 13:46 IST

More than 40,000 villagers of border areas of Jammu and Kashmir were forced to migrate from their homes as the Pakistan Rangers continued targeting civilian and defence facilities in the districts of Jammu, Samba, and Kathua, police said on Wednesday.

Large scale migration also took place from Jammu and Kashmir's R.S. Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh and other sectors close to the international border (IB)

Some of the migrants have taken shelter in the makeshift camps set up by the administration while others preferred to shift to the homes of relatives and friends. Each of the households has left behind a male member at their original border homes to take care of the cattle and guard the home from burglars.

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The migration comes in the midst of the Pakistani side violating ceasefire and resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling at the Border Security Force and civilian facilities for the 3rd consecutive day on Wednesday. Although the BSF has been retaliating to the unprovoked firing effectively, there have been fatalities on the Indian side to both jawans and civilians.

Although the BSF was strongly and effectively retaliating, the officer said that there were confirmed large scale migration from R.S. Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh and other sectors close to the international border (IB).

On Tuesday, an 8-month-old baby perished when a stray bullet hit him during Pakistani shelling in the Keri Battal area of Akhnoor near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu. On May 18, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and 4 civilians were killed in Pakistani ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in the RS Pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistani shelling has also damaged homes and other structures and killed dozens of cattle.