Jammu: Indian and Pakistani troops on Sunday exchanged heavy firing along the LoC in Rajouri district for second consecutive day causing heavy damage to buildings and forcing evacuation of 1000 border dwellers.
Both the armies had yesterday pounded each other’s areas and forward posts along the LoC in Nowshera area with mortars. Two civilians lost their lives in Pakistani firing.
“Pakistani Army has resorted to indiscriminate firing of small arms, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 0645 hours along the Line of Control in Rajouri sector”, a Defence Spokesman said to PTI.
“The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on”, he said.
Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudgary said fresh firing has been reported in ‘chitibakri’ area of Chingus in Rajouri.
“Heavy shelling started in Manjakote area of Rajouri at O620 hours. More than seven villages have been affected”, the DC said.
Choudhary said there was massive damage to buildings.
He said the number of migrants at relief camps swelled to 978 overnight. Till now 259 families have been evacuated from three villages, he added.
51 schools in Nowshera sector have been closed for an indefinite period while 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zones have been closed for three days. 4,600 students study in 87 schools, he added.
1000 people were evacuated from various areas along the LoC in Rajouri district to safer places.