Srinagar: Days after the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy shelling in north Kashmir’s Uri sector forcing villagers to flee from their homes, the cross-border peace bus travelled across the Line of Control (LoC) safely.
“The bus service ran as per schedule and passengers crossed the LoC safely,” Sub Divisional Magistrate Uri Dr Sagar D told ‘Kashmir Vision’.
He said that eight passengers including one returnee travelled from here to Muzaffarabad and seven passengers came from across the LoC.
“Eight passengers including seven fresh and one returnee travelled across the border from here and we received seven passengers from across the border,” Sagar added.
Meanwhile, calm prevailed near the LoC in Uri sector as there were no reports of any exchange of fire between the armies of the two countries.
“It was all peaceful today as there was no fire reported from anywhere in the Uri sector,” Sagar said.
He said that about 15-20 families from the ground zero turned at the relief camp in Uri town on Monday.
“Some 15-20 families joined us today at the camp,” he added.
He said that if calm prevailed in the sector the authorities will begin the process to send back the families to their homes.
“If everything goes well, we will start moving the people back to their villages,” he said.
Pertinently on Saturday, the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged artillery shelling and firing in Hajipeer and Churanda areas of Uri sector.
The firing and mortar had forced the authorities to evacuate the people from the various villages along the LoC.
The Pakistan Army reportedly used public address system on the LoC asking villagers on the Indian side to evacuate the areas they are living in.
Around 600 people from the areas affected by the cross-border shelling were evacuated from their villages and shifted to relief camps in Uri’s main town