Nowshera ceasefire violation aftermath: People take shelter in camps, schools indefinitely shut

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2017

Cross LoC shelling along the LoC in Rajouri district continued for the second consecutive day on Sunday, causing heavy damage to buildings and forcing evacuation of more than 1000 border dwellers.

"Besides, 9 villages in Manjakote tehil of Rajouri district also came under Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling for about 3 hours", they said.

According to Colonel Manish Mehta, Pakistan Army resorted to indiscriminate firing and shelling at Indian positions on the LoC in the Rajouri sector.

A BSF jawan suffered minor injuries yesterday when Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire along the International Border and fired few bullets, warning the Indian troops working ahead of fence with a tractor in Arnia area in Jammu district.

The latest incident comes only days after two people were killed in cross-border firing in Kashmir, one on each side of India and Pakistan.

On the other hand, Pakistan had on Saturday accused India of committing "ceasefire violations" and summoned the country's Deputy High Commissioner.

The shelling has affected five to six hamlets along the LoC, including Sheri Makeri, Namakdali and Khamba since Wednesday night.

Citing the sufferings and death of innocent civilians, besides the attack on Indian troops, the demonstrators further added that such brutal acts will not be tolerated any more. The district administration has closed schools in the area as a precautionary measure. "These shells will kill us", Sher Bibi, a victim told over telephone from Government Higher Secondary School Boys, Nowshera.

Pakistani Army are using small arms, automatics and mortars. He said that Indian troops returned fire and that the gunbattle was still ongoing Saturday afternoon.

"Musa, who took over the outfit after the killing of Burhan Wani in July a year ago, announced he would not be associated with the Hizb from Saturday onwards".

In an another development, as many as 51 schools of the Nowshera region and 36 of Manjakote and Doongi zones have been closed for an indefinite period.

He said that it is a bit challenging to evacuate people from the region in the middle of heavy shelling, but, they would try to evacuate everyone till the evening.

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