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Cross-border firing claims 31 civilian, 39 securitymen since Aug 05, 2019: LS told

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New Delhi: As many as 31 civilians and 39 security personnel were killed in cross-border firing and ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 05, 2019, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said incidents of ceasefire violations and cross-border firing by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir have been reported since decades and immediate and effective retaliation is undertaken by security forces in such cases.

“Thirty-one civilians were killed and 39 security force personnel were martyred in such incidents from August 05, 2019 to February 28, 2021,” he said in a written reply to a question.

“Ex-gratia cash relief of Rs 5 lakh was given to next of kin (NoK) in case of death or the victim with more than 50 per cent disability,” the reply reads.

It reads that the compensation for damage to houses/losses, loss of the crop, loss of livestock, stay at relief camps and displacement, etc, to those affected by cross-border firings was also reimbursed by the Government of India as per National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) guidelines.

Reddy in his reply said that compensation of Rs 50,000 per loss of a domestic animal was also given. “Besides, the government of Jammu and Kashmir also provides relief to such injured persons as per their extant rules.”

Reddy said the central government has sanctioned construction of 14,460 bunkers (1,431 community bunkers and 13,029 individual bunkers) to provide protection to the people living in areas close to the IB and LoC and to safeguard human lives in the event of cross-border firing.

Out of these, 7,856 bunkers have already been constructed in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

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