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India to build civilian bunker along border with Pakistan

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Staff Writer | January 9, 2018
India plans to build 14,460 bunkers along the de facto border with Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region in order to protect the population of the area.
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Tensions in Asia   Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri
Officials explained to The Times of India that 13,000 of them will be individual and the rest will be collective, built in the sectors of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri.

They detailed that the individual bunkers would be able to accommodate eight people and the collective ones up to 40.

India shares with Pakistan a 3,323-kilometer border, of which 740 kilometers correspond to the Line of Control (dividing Kashmir), one of the most militarized areas in the world.

Systematically, troops from both nations exchange fire in the LoC, causing several deaths and injuries, both civilian and military.

Both Islamabad and New Delhi accuse each other of initiating such clashes.

India accuses the Pakistani troops of opening fire in the area as a strategy to cover the separatist militants who infiltrate through the LoC in order to execute attacks in the national territory.

However, Islamabad systematically rejects these denunciations and, on the contrary, it affirms that the Indian troops initiate the clashes at the border.