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Pakistan firing at LoC Day 4: Over 10,000 people in Kashmir affected

Pakistani troops continued overnight shelling along the LoC in three belts of Rajouri district

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Army soldiers patrol near the highly militarized Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Pallanwal sector, about 75 kilometers from Jammu
Indian Army soldiers patrol near the highly militarized Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Pallanwal sector, about 75 kilometers from Jammu

on Wednesday resorted to shelling and firing for the fourth consecutive day on forward posts and civilian areas along the in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district even as nearly 1,700 people have been evacuated from shelling-hit areas.

Pakistani troops continued overnight shelling along the in three belts of Rajouri district.


The firing and shelling has affected over 10,000 people.

On May 13, Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward posts in Nowshera area with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three.

has resorted to firing and shelling along and International Border (IB) in Rajouri and Jammu districts for the past one week since May 10, when troops shelling Nowshera and killed a woman and injured two persons including her husband.

"army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 1830 hours along in Nowshera sector," a defence spokesman said.

"The posts are retaliating strongly and effectively and firing is presently on," he said.

"Shelling (by Pak Army) started in Ans Bhandhaar areas of Nowshera in Rajouri at 2255 hours last night. Lam and Kalsian areas were also affected," Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

Yesterday during the day, Pakistani troops resorted to fresh ceasefire violation along in Nowshera sector, he said.

Choudhary said four villages in Nowshera have come under small arms fire from across the

"Interdepartmental teams deputed by District Administration for damage assessment reported small arms firing began at 4 PM yesterday in village Sarya followed by villages Khamba, Anwas and Bhandar," he added.

The DC confirmed that damage assessment teams were withdrawn at 5.30 PM after intermittent small arms firing by

Nearly 1,700 people have already been evacuated from hamlets hit by shelling from and shifted to relief camps, he added.

At least one incident of ceasefire violation by took place daily along the in in 2015 and 2016 in which 23 security personnel lost their lives, the home ministry has said in an RTI reply.

As many as 1,142 terror incidents were reported in the state between 2012 and 2016 in which 236 security personnel and 90 civilians were killed, it said.

According to the reply, breached the truce along the Line of Control 449 times in 2016 as compared to 405 violations in 2015.

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