NOWSHERA: A fresh ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops was reported in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector on Monday.
According to reports, the Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) targeting the Indian border posts in the residential areas of Baba Kheri, Manpur, Dhanaka, Langar, Kalsian, Nabh, Karhali, Sair, Makhri, Bhavani and other border villages in Jhangar sector.
Due to this extensive firing the area caught fire which engulfed quite a vast area including forests. As a result of this indiscriminate firing and fire, the border residents were panicked and frightened and they did not come out of their houses. The Indian Army, however, retaliated strongly and effectively. The army also closed the roads leading to the Line of control. All the schools in this border area were closed till further orders. The firing which started at 8:00 AM is continuing till receipt of the last report.
Meanwhile, JKPAGES Correspondent reports from the forward area that the situation in the border posts of Nowshera remained tense throughout the day after Pakistan army targeted civilian areas. Panic stricken local residents remained huddled inside their homes for fear of getting caught . Unconfirmed reports claimed several houses and live stock suffered damages in the intense exchange of fire. SSP Rajouri Suleman Choudhary told reporters, the firing in the forward area started early Monday morning and went on for several hours.
He said several forward villages witnessed shelling. He said the police men on ground were maintaining close contact with the village elders to ensure safe evacuation if required. He said the district authorities had also ordered closure of educational institutions to prevent loss of life and injury to school going children. On the other hand Lt Col Munish Mehta, Defence PRO said, Pakistani army initiated
indiscriminate firing in the area using small arms, automatics and mortars. He said the Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively. According to him the firing was on till late evening. Meanwhile, local villagers demanded safe bunkers and timely evacuation as they were fearing fresh escalating. Official sources claimed Indian troops were in a state of high alert to foil any fresh infiltration bid from across the line of control.