Firing stops in Uri, 25 families moved out of villages

Firing stops in Uri, 25 families moved out of villages
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SDM Uri says 107 persons moved out, 70 of them to school building

Baramulla: A day after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy gunfire and mortar shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri, there was a complete lull on Friday. However, all people living in the several villages along the LoC were directed to not move outside of their homes. The administration has also shifted out 25 families, comprising 107 people, from the area, 70 of them to a higher secondary school building in Uri.
Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri, Dr Sagar, told Kashmir Reader on Friday afternoon that there was no firing at all in Haji Peer sector since Thursday evening. However, to avoid any untoward incident, 25 families from Silikote and other villages have been moved to a safer place. He said 107 persons of the 25 families were shifted, of whom 70 were put in the building of the higher secondary school and the rest went to stay at the homes of their relatives in Uri town.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr Nisar Ahmad Naqash, along with Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain, and other officers visited Uri on Friday to check arrangements made for people shifted to safer places. The officers directed the divisional administration of Uri to provide all help to the affected families. The deputy commissioner also personally assured the evacuated people that more accommodation would be arranged for them and, if required, more people will be shifted to safer places.
Villages of Churanda, Silikote, Thajal, Hathlanga, Sony, Balkote, Tilawari, and some others, fall in the Haji Peer sector which is very close to the LoC. All these villages are under firing range of Pakistani troops and they have lost dozens of lives in cross-border firing in the past few years.
Villagers have told Kashmir Reader that troops of both the countries are constructing more bunkers along the LoC, which is why they are firing at each other to disrupt the construction.
Sources in the border district of Kupwara told Reader that troops of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy firing in Karnah and Tangdhar sectors on Thursday night. Some houses suffered minor damage in this firing but there was no report of any human life lost.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir, said that no one has been moved out in Karnah and Tangdhar sectors. He said there is silence along the LoC for now but we people will be moved to safer places if such a need arises. Evacuation teams are ready and senior officers are monitoring the situation, he said.