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Farmers in J-K incurring huge losses due to ceasefire violations by Pakistan

Hiranagar, Jan 22 : Farmers residing close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir are incurring huge losses as they live in constant fear and are unable to work in their fields due to constant ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army.

Tensions along border in Jammu and Kashmir have been rising for some months now with the two sides exchanging fire. Public anger is mounting in India after New Delhi accused the Pakistan Army of beheading one of their soldiers.

Villagers living in Hiranagar block said on Monday that they are living under constant threat and they are scared to go and work in their fields, and demanded that the government must compensate them for the land that they have lost due to fencing.

"People are living under constant fear and are unable to work in the fields, along the border. Our lands are close to the border, which we used to cultivate, are lying abandoned since the month of June," said village head Bharat Bhushan.

Farmers of Hiranagar block said earlier they used to cultivate till the zero line, but now they are scared to work in their fields.

"Earlier we used to do farming till the zero line, the cattle used to work till the zero line in the fields. But now the situation is such that the fencing has been pulled in between the fields, forcing us to stay away from that area. The farmers have lost their land to the fencing and they are unable to cultivate that land," said Tirath Singh, a resident of Hiranagar block.

The ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been effective since November 2003, surviving even the crisis after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 by Pakistan-based militants.

Pakistan has dismissed the Indian allegations as propaganda and instead accused India of violating the ceasefire in Kashmir. (ANI)