Pakistan army’s shelling in India-Pakistan border: Civilians evacuated

Published: 05:49 GMT, May 16, 2017 |

More than 1500 civilians along the India-Pakistan border in the Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir have been evacuated due to the Pakistani troops heavily shelling for the third consecutive day on Monday (May 14) which has killed two people.

The attack has caused heavy damage to buildings in the areas. The Indian Army effectively retaliated.

Pakistan Army had on Monday pounded civilian areas and forward posts along the LoC in Nowshera area with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three.

Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudgary said fresh ceasefire violation has been reported in ‘chitibakri’ area of Chingus in Rajouri today.

“Heavy shelling started in Manjakote area of Rajouri at O620 hours. More than seven villages have been affected”, the DC said.

Choudhary said there was massive damage to buildings.

He said the number of migrants at relief camps swelled to 978 overnight. Till now 259 families have been evacuated from three villages, he added.

51 schools in Nowshera sector have been closed for an indefinite period while 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zones have been closed for three days. 4,600 students study in 87 schools, he added. After the Pakistani shelling, more than 1500 people were evacuated from various areas along the LoC in Rajouri district to safer places.

Shelling from Pakistan at LoC