Even as Pakistani troops were firing automatic weapons and heavy mortar shells, nearly 20,000 Sikhs braved the high-risk situation to gather at Chakkan Da Bagh, Khari Dharamsal village in Poonch sector, Jammu and Kashmir, to pray for peace. It may be recalled that earlier a Territorial Army (TA) jawan and his wife were killed during firing and shelling by Pakistani troops. Three children were also injured in the firing and shelling by Pakistani troops. The Sikhs converged on the location from various parts of Jammu & Kashmir to take part in the concluding session of Akhand Path, which is a 42-day long religious congregation. The village where the religious event is being held is just around 30 kms from the Line of Control (LoC).
All throughout the religious event, gun shots could be heard by the people who attended the Akhand Path at Khari Dharamsal. Speaking about the religious event, an attendee named Jagpreet Singh, who is an employee of the revenue department said, “It was our faith that prevailed upon the scare of cross border mortar shelling and small arms fire, otherwise there had been nearly a dozen incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the area since May 28.”