Rahul Gandhi visits LOC areas

Balakote : Amidst high-alert, the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today visited the Mendhar and Balakote sectors of Poonch district and met the victims of recent ceasefire violation.

The top Congress leader arrived in Mendhar at 11 in the morning and met the firing victims. He also met the families of those persons who were killed in the recent flare-up between India and Pakistan along Line of Control.

Rahul also met injured persons and those whose houses were demanded in border firing. He gave a patient hearing to them.

The victims told Rahul that they are not being provided with safety bunkers by them government. Besides, they demanded crop insurance, ambulance facility and relief. The Congress vice-president assured the people that he will take up their demands with the Central Government.

A tight security was in place across the Poonch district particularly in Mendhar Tehsil. Hundreds of policemen and other forces were deployed who were maintaining a strict vigil.

Six people were killed in Balakote sector of Poonch in recent LoC flare up while dozens were injured. Due to cross-border shelling, scores of houses were damaged.

Rahul also met the persons who were handicapped due to land mine blasts near LoC and they also sought relief.

After meeting people, the Rahul Gandhi monitored the medical camp for the pilgrims of ongoing Buddha Amarnath Yatra. He also met health officials including BMO Mendhar Dr Pervez Ahmad Khan and hailed his team for providing quality services to devotees.

This was Rahul Gandhi’s first ever visit to this border district of Jammu and Kashmir. (GNS)

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