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31 civilians, 39 forces personnel killed in cross-border firing in J-K since Article 370 abrogated

As many as 31 civilians and 39 government forces personnel were killed in cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

The Indian Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told the lower house of the Parliament said incidents of cross border firing by Pakistan along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir have been reported for decades and immediate and effective retaliation is undertaken by government forces in such cases.

“Thirty-one civilians were killed and 39 security force personnel were martyred in such incidents from August 5, 2019, to February 28, 2021,” he said in a written reply to a question.

Reddy said the Indian government has sanctioned the 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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