To ensure safety of people along the LoC, the Army is clearing mines from agricultural fields in the hilly terrains of Pir Panjal region. (Source: REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta)
In a bid to ensure safety of people along the LoC, the Army is clearing mines from agricultural fields in the hilly terrain of Pir Panjal region, spread across the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
As of now, the Army has de-mined over one lakh sq ft of land at Sariya and Mohra Kampala villages, located within 3 km of the LoC. At Mohra Kampla Thursday, nearly 60,000 sq ft of agricultural land was handed over to owners after being de-mined. Earlier, over 40,000 sq ft was de-mined at Sariya.
Sariya is the last polling station on Indian side along LoC in the Lam sector. A few years ago, the Army had de-mined large stretches of agricultural land in the plains of Palanwala sector near Akhnoor. But clearance of mine fields in border areas in Pir Panjal region is significant as these fall on known infiltration routes of terrorists crossing over from Pakistan.
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Owing to four wars with Pakistan since 1947 and largescale ceasefire violations from across LoC, a large quantity of “unexplored blind bombs and explosives lay scattered all over the agricultural land in the region”, said Colonel H S Billing, Commanding Officer of the Engineering Regiment.
“As peace has been prevailing, troops have decided to de-mine areas where these are not needed,” said Billing. He, however, did not give det…