Kargil Special: Facts you must know about Forward posts near LoC

Written by: Richa Bajpai

Kargil, July 24: OneIndia on Thursday reached at one of the forward posts in Kargil from where the Line of Control (LoC) is just few meters away.

This is the forward post of the Indian army that was recaptured from Pakistan during the 1971 war.

This forward post holds significance as the enemies or intruders are not only easily visible from here but even the minutest details of the other side of the border are keenly watched.

The way to reach this forward post is difficult and full of challenges, but returning back and staying here is more difficult.

The army soldiers and officers, who have been deployed here have to follow a very strict regime, that they can't even blink their eyes for a second. Every second, their eyes watch out for enemies.

It is said that the security at this forward post is so crucial for the nation, that if the army jawans are not deployed here, then the Pakistani intruders can easily enter into the Indian territory and take control of the post.

There is one small village near the forward post, where 40 to 50 people live and they don't want to leave their village.

An army officer told OneIndia, "due to the safety of these villagers, some army jawans have to be deployed here always."

The villagers live in mud homes and the army has also constructed mud rooms for themselves.

In the army jawans' rooms, there is a dining table, one small kitchen to cook food and room for watching television, that they call as "mauj masti" (for relaxing) room.

Army soldiers have to bear extreme weather conditions

Weather it is scorching heat or chilling cold, the alert army soldiers are always at the forefront to save their nation.

During day, the temperature at the forward post is around 35 degree celsius and at night there are severe bone chilling cold winds, but the brave army soldiers bear all that to protect their motherland.

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When the Indian cricket team wins, the villagers and the army celebrate it by lighting diyas. Earlier, they used to fire crackers, but due to security reasons, only diyas are allowed to celebrate.

When the army officers and soldiers hear the news of Indian cricket team victory against Pakistani tram, they hug each other, congratulate each other and celebrate the nation's victory.

They are always by one another's side in times of sorrows and joys and share their loneliness together, far away at the border posts.

Disclaimer: Due to security reasons, the Indian army did not allow to click photographs of the forward posts.

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