An uneasy calm prevailed in the border town of Rajouri district on Thursday. The area witnessed a heavy exchange of fire between India and Pakistan army leaving the residents terrified.
Pertinently, the district administration closed down the schools near the border for next three days.
“We have closed the schools along LoC which falls under the range of 0-1KM. There are total nine schools which fall under this area,” said Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary while talking to Kashmir Vision.
The armies of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire and shelling in Kalal area of Nowshera on Wednesday morning. Reports said that some shells fired from across the border landed in civilian areas.
Chaudhary said that around 3800 people are still in the camps which are operational since the second week of May.
“We are currently running six camps where around 3800 people are staying,” said Chaudhary.
Meanwhile, the district administration which started the pilot project of constructing the bunkers in the border district has completed around 34 bunkers out of 100 bunkers proposed.
“For a long time, there was a huge demand for constructing the bunkers in Rajouri. There was a demand of ten thousand bunkers in Rajouri out of which around eight thousand were community bunkers,” Chaudhary said.
According to the reports, the proposal has gone to government many times.
“We thought of starting a pilot project of constructing 100 bunkers on the district level. Thirty-four are almost complete and we are hopeful that we will complete the rest of bunkers till December,” he added.
Pertinently, Pakistani Army allegedly targeted Indian positions on the LoC in the Nowshera sector on Wednesday morning. However, no casualties were reported.
According to the reports, since May 1 this year, nine people including four soldiers have been killed and 12 others injured in border skirmish on the Indian side of the border. Last week, a junior commissioned officer and a woman were killed in Pakistani shelling in Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sectors respectively.
Pertinently, Pakistani officials on 28 August claimed that the Indian troops resorted to the unprovoked firing and mortar shelling which killed three members of a family in Fatehpur area in Haveli district in Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir. Reports said that two members of the family were also injured in the firing by the Indian side.