Jammu: The Pakistani army started an indiscriminate fire along of the Line Of Control in Chiti Bakri area of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. Use of mortars, small arms and automatics have been reported from the area.
“Our army has effectively been retaliating against the on-going crossfire,” Defence Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mishra said. “The fire is still ongoing but our army are is still in their position”, he added.
The firing started on 13t May, from the other side. It was said as an answer to some unprovoked attacks from the Indian side, but this accusation is being denied.
Since the firing began, three casualties have been reported from our side. The deceased are identified as 15 years old Ashiya and her father Haji Tufail. 48 soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles also suffered some injuries. Apart from that, almost 1500 people were trapped in their homes which are in the direct line of fire. Earlier this week a woman was killed and her husband and her son were injured in the cross-firing.
Some BSF jawans were also injured when Pakistani soldiers violated the ceasefire and fired some bullets, warning the troops working ahead of the fence with a tractor. Thereafter the BSF guarding the fence also retaliated with crossfire.
In the wake of the shellings and firings, the schools in the area had to be closed. As many as 27 families have been affected, with 4-5 schools having major damages due to the shelling.
Earlier this month, India had accused of murdering and mutilating two of its soldiers. The Indian army is constantly trading fire with the other side.