Two killed in Pak shelling along LoC in Rajouri district
A 13-year-old girl was one of two people killed on Saturday as the Pakistan Rangers resorted to shelling and shooting in a large area near the control line in the Rajouri district in the Pir Panjal Valley. Seven people, including four soldiers, were wounded in the bombing.
“The heavy cross-border bombing was reported in the Nowshera Rajouri subdivision at 7:30 am and continued throughout the day,” said Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Rajouri El Hindu.
After the bombing, authorities decided to close 87 schools in all regions with Rajouri interest.
Civilian casualties were identified as Tufail Hussain (51) and Asiya Bi (13). Of the three wounded, Zaitoon Begum, seriously injured, was transferred to the Jammu Government Medical School, authorities said.
Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said the Pakistan Army has opened an “indiscriminate” call in Indian positions. “Our troops react,” he said.
The most affected villages were Sarya, Khamba, Bhawani, Kalsian and Mahanpur, located less than 2 km from the Control Line. Dr. Choudhary said the attack was hampering rescue operations, while the Jhangar Road was subjected to repeated intense fire.
“Overall, 26 villages in Nowshera and Darhal Qila were affected. Nine towns Majakote tehsil of Rajouri district remained in the firing line for about three hours,” said Dr. Choudhary.
The widespread violation of the cease-fire has forced the migration of some 300 villagers living near the Control Line.
“After the evacuation of people in vulnerable areas, three refugee camps have been commissioned and another 28 were reported to deal with the new affected migration villages in case of continuous bombing,” said the Deputy Commissioner.
Dr Shahid said the heavy bombing also hampered the process of rescue and evacuation, while the path of the Jhangar was subjected to a repeated intense fire.
Condemnation of North Carolina
President of the National Conference Dr. Farooq President Abdullah and Executive Omar Abdullah condemned the continuous bombing across the border. Expressing the deaths of civilians anguish, Dr. Abdullah called for measures to ensure the safety of border residents.