“J&K government must construct under-ground bunkers for us, LoC shelling has yielded nothing so far, Both neighbours should sit and sort out issues”……By Suhail S
Kupwara, 13 Apr 2020
The twin villages, Timuna and Reddi of Chowkibal area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have witnessed an extreme level of devastation triggered by the mortar shells fired from across the Line of Control on Sunday that also left three civilians and a minor dead.
Charred cattle including sheep and cows lie scattered amid the debris of residential houses in Timuna and Reddi villages where shells rained on residential houses on Sunday afternoon. The residents, who are in a deep shock as they haven’t witnessed such an intense shelling so far, say “for a moment, they thought it is the end.”
The locals of Timuna and Reddi while recalling the gory moments say they have been left homeless and helpless as they have lost both homes and livestock too.
The locals said over the year’s loss suffered during cross border shelling is something that one can’t even imagine of. “But on Sunday, we thought it is the end,” said a family member, whose house got damaged in shelling. “We couldn’t see a mother carrying her eight year old dead son in her lap. Killings can’t be justified. We have got sandwiched in the hatred of India and Pakistan,” he said.
He said that since Sunday afternoon, majority of people in these twin villages spent night under open sky fearing that firing may again resume. “Many of us slept without food,” another resident of Reddi village said.