Two Civilians killed as Pakistan resort to heavy shelling along LoC
Pakistan once again resorted to heavy shelling along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir killing two civilians and injuring three in Nowshera Tehsil of Rajouri district. Keeping in mind the intense bombardment, evacuation in the area has been halted.. The violation drew sharp retaliation from the Indian Army.
This is for the third time a ceasefire violation along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir has been initiated in the past three days under the orders of Lt Col Manish Mehta, PRO, Ministry of Defense (MoD) Jammu Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 0715 hours along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector. The Indian Army posts are striking back powerfully and efficiently. .
Subsequently the Pakistani Rangers inflicted serious injury to a BSF Jawan who violated ceasefire along the International Border and fired a few bullets, cautioning the Indian troops working at the forefront of fence with a tractor in Arnia area in Jammu district. BSF troops guarding the IB had also retaliated.
Pakistani troops had also resorted to mortar shelling and firing of automatic weapons on civilian areas near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, on 10th and 11th May, killing a woman and injuring two people, including husband of the deceased lady.
Two Pakistani soldiers were injured in retaliation by the Indian side. in actual fact, on 11 May, Pakistan had beckoned India’s deputy high commissioner to Islamabad to “censure” the alleged ceasefire violation by India along the LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir that killed a man and injured three others. In the wake of the Pakistani action in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri district, schools in the area were closed down and an evacuation plan was activated. Under this plan, over 1,200 people from various border hamlets are being shifted to safer places. After the Pakistani shelling, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Nowshera tehsil had issued an order, directing closure of all schools in the area as a precautionary measure. Furthermore, an evacuation plan has been put in place in view of the intermittent shelling and firing along LoC.
The shelling has affected five-six hamlets along the LoC, including Sheri Makeri, Namakdali and Khamba, since Wednesday night. As many as 27 families have been affected due to the shelling in which many houses, and a school, have been damaged partially or severely, according to the SDM.
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across States)
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