Jammu, May 16: After a brief lull, Pakistan yet again violated the ceasefire agreement and fired unprovoked at forward Indian posts on the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 1830 hours along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri,” defence spokesman here said.
He said that the Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively while exchange of is presently on.
Earlier on Monday morning, Pakistan fired heavily in Nowshera Sector while the firing stopped at 0815 hours.
Two civilians including a teenage girl had died and five others got injured on Sunday in heavy shelling from across the border in Jhangar area of Nowshera sector.
District Administration shifted the border dwellers to the relief camps set in government institutions in a fleet of buses while schools along the border are closed indefinitely till further orders.
The government had also cancelled the leaves of employees of health department, animal and sheep husbandry and other major wings asking them to remain prepared to maintain any eventuality.
“More than 1500 border residents are shifted to safer places,” an official here said adding that schools have been closed indefinitely while the classes with function in the camps.
The District Administ-ration provided an immediate relief of R one Lakh each to NOK of dead and financial assistance to injured.
Overall out of 64 villages along LOC in Rajouri 23 are located in Nowshera Sub-Division where 8 villages are badly affected and remaining 15 villages sustained minor losses, 5 Villages in Doongi and 9 villages in Manjakote have been affected.
The official said that three cattle were reported dead and in Tarkudi area 14-15 shells were dropped however no loss was reported.
In Niaka-Panjgrain village of Manjakote 3-4 shells were dropped in cross-border shelling. More than 40 shells landed in various areas of Manjakote where 3 houses were damaged, he said.
He however, said that fourteen buses, 7 Mini-buses, 11 Tata Magic and 03 Tata Mobile vehicles were pressed into action for evacuation with forward areas evacuation through bullet proof bunkers.
“Each family has been provided 11 Kg ration apart from cooked food served in relief camps,” he added.
On April 3, Pakistani troops fired heavily in Poonch and Rajouri sectors.
In the same area, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Naib Subedar S Sanayaima Som, was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on April 1.
There had been four ceasefire violations along the LoC in Poonch in March.
On March 19, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to shelling and firing along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali area of Poonch district.
On March 13, Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector.
On March 12, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati and Chakan Da Bagh sectors along the LoC in Poonch district.
Pakistani shelling caused damage to the LoC Trade Facilitation centre and LOC travel and trade was suspended for a few days.
On March 9, army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was killed when Pakistani soldiers initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along the LoC in Poonch.
In 2016, 228 instances of ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violations along International Border (IB).