Despite current tensions along the border between India and Pakistan, life in many villages in the border area has been continuing normally.
Despite current tensions along the border between India and Pakistan, life in many villages in the border area has been continuing normally. In Baramulla, near the ceasefire line, there have been civil defence measures taken with the creation of a local vigilance committee and the digging of trenches. Otherwise, however, villagers have carried out their daily tasks with no outward signs of tension. At Uri, a town right on the border, a school has remained in session even though students are in the shadow of Pakistani observation posts.
SYNOPSIS: Life in the village of Baramulla in Western Kashmir near the Indian-Pakistan border was normal on Tuesday despite reports of growing tension between the two countries.
The dredging and construction work along the River Rehlum continues unabated.
Civil defence preparations are taking place in the village, however. L-shaped trenches are being dug to protect local citizens from possible air raids and artillery barrages. Some parts of the village can be seen by Pakistani forward observers. But for the most part, life is otherwise going on as before. Villagers continue working in local industries and there's reportedly no panic or evacuation.
Another precautionary measure being taken in Baramulla is the creation of local vigilance committees who reportedly watch out for possible spies. Any they catch are turned over to the Indian authorities.
This man reportedly caught and alleged Pakistani spy at the village of Uri two weeks ago. Uri is on the border.
There too, life is relatively normal--a school continues its lessons in the open.
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