SYED AMJAD SHAHjammu july 10
Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday rescued as many as 28 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel trapped in forward posts in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, when flash flood entered seven villages in border district.
Army’s infrastructure was also damaged in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district after flood water entered barracks.
The border fence and BSF posts on International Border in forward area were drowned or damaged in the flood water in Basanter River, when the trapped troopers were airlifted to the safer places.
Though there was no loss of life, sources said, the Inspector General of BSF requested IAF for the rescue operation in forward area to airlift trapped paramilitary personnel to safer areas.
One army chopper was pressed into service. All the 28 paramilitary were shifted to the safer places, while boats were pressed into service by the BSF to patrol the forward area wherever the flood has damaged the fence and border posts.
During the rescue operation, they said, the Indian border guards also shifted their ammunition from the flood prone area.
It may be mentioned here that border villages like Brota, Kamore, Kamore Camp, Rangur Camp, Govind Garh, Chak Paras, Village Nanga, Jagat Pur and Majra were badly affected.
The farmers of these villages also staged demonstration in Vijaypur and blocked Jammu Pathankot highway for four hours demanding repair of the damaged bandh on Basanter-Ujj river.
They alleged that the bandh was damaged three years back and it was not repaired by the administration leading to fresh flash floods in which their fields were filled with silt and flood water entered in their houses.
The protesters were led by the Congress’s ex-minister Manjit Singh, who threatened to hold demonstration in Jammu with flood affected families to highlight their demands.
In Chattral area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch, the barracks of Army were damaged in flash flood late night, though there was no loss of life.
“The camp suffered major loss after water entered into it and damaged several barracks,” eyewitnesses added.
They said that heavy rainfall also created havoc in Mendhar where water entered in several houses.