After brief lull, LoC hots up once again 


Rajouri: The armies of India and Pakistan Tuesday exchanged fire and lobbed mortars on forward and civilian areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Nowshera districts.

According to the reports, no casualties were reported so far in the exchange of fire.

“The firing and shelling along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district started at 7 am, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary,” told ‘Kashmir Vision’.

He said the heavy shelling from across the border targeted five villages in areas of Jhangar, Dhamaka and Kalal belts.

Notably, all the schools in border areas have been closed.

Meanwhile, the members of the BJP and the CPI (M) in the Legislative Assembly created an uproar on the issue of cross-border shelling along the LoC. The members raised the issue of Pakistan shelling along the Line of Control, forcing Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh to describe the situation as “very bad”.

“The situation is very bad along LoC due to Pakistan shelling. As a result of the shelling, migration has taken place.”

Singh said that administration has been directed to provide safe shelters and other facilities to people who have migrated from LoC area in Rajouri.

Fourteen people, including seven civilians, have been killed and over 70 others injured in intense shelling by Pakistan along the International Border (IB) in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts, and the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22, leading to the displacement of thousands of border residents.

Over 300 schools along LoC and IB were closed last week as a precautionary measure in view of the firing.

Yesterday also, the armies of both countries exchanged fire in the Uri sector of north Kashmir, However, no causality was reported from the incident.  (with inputs from PTI)

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