The Rajouri deputy commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that the ceasefire violation was reported in Nowshera around 7.30 am on Saturday.
Heavy mortar shelling started early morning which went through the day in villages Sarya, Khamba, Bhawani, Kalsian, Mahanpur, Dhanaka, Ganya and Khori, situated within two km from the LoC. “Overall 26 villages in Nowshera and Qila Darhal Tehsils have been affected while nine villages in Manjakote Tehil of District Rajouri also remained in the line of fire for around three hours,” said Choudhary.
The third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the past three days led to disturbance in the area of jammu, looking after this attack Indian army retaliated against the attack which led to death of 2 civillians and 7 people including 4 indian army personnel were injured along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday, officials said. BSF jawan while retaliating suffered minor injuries and adding to that Pakistan Army soldiers got injured.
The Rajouri deputy commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the dead were identified as 51-year-old Haji Tufail Hussain and his relative’s 13-year-old daughter, Asiya Bi and he added that “The little girl was not his daughter. She had come from Surankote in Poonch to stay with Tufail’s family at Jhangar and added that Tufail’s wife Zaitoon Begum was injured badly and was admitted in medical college in Jammu with her 2 other were also injured. Many families from border villages in Nowshera left their homes on Friday following indiscriminate shelling by Pakistani troops.
The deputy commissioner said “Overall 26 villages in Nowshera and Qila Darhal Tehsils have been affected while nine villages in Manjakote Tehil of District Rajouri also remained in the line of fire for around three hours, and ordered to close 50 schools alongside the border for sometime so that no one could get harm again. He with senior superintendent of police (SSP) Yougal Manhas and other senior officers from health, animal husbandry, power, and essential services departments rushed to the affected areas to facilitate evacuation.
The defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said, “Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 0715 hours along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector.” The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said.
Source : HT