Baramulla: A porter working with the Indian army was killed while two women were injured in cross-border firing in Kamalkote sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday morning.
Official sources said that Pakistani rangers violated the ceasefire at around 11 am Saturday and targeted Indian army posts at the LoC, which was retaliated by the Indian army. The sources said the Pakistani forces also fired some mortar rounds, in which a local porter working with the army was killed, while two women, Nasrena, 19, daughter of Faqir Mohammad of Maryan, Kamalkote, and Asifa, wife of Manzoor Ahmad Khan of Kandi, Kamalkote, received injuries. The injured were shifted to the Uri sub-district hospital from where doctors moved Nasrena to Srinagar for advanced treatment. Asifa’s condition was said to be stable. The slain porter was identified as Syeed Abas Hussain Shah, 22, son of Syeed Muzamail Shah, resident of Maryan, Kamalkote, Uri.
Local sources said that Saturday’s firing started at the LoC, but after some time, splinters around the civilian area sent panic through the locality, making people on the roads with their cattle run towards safer areas. The sources said all schools in Kamalkote sector were closed by the authorities soon after the firing, and students were shifted to their homes.
Sub-divisional police officer Uri Syeed Javid Ahmad confirmed the ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces and said that one local porter was killed while two ladies received injuries in the firing.