Hotting up the Line of Control, Pakistani troops once again violated the ceasefire Tuesday, raining mortar shells and firing at Indian positions at four places in the Naushera and Akhnoor sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts respectively.
Pakistani troops began targeting Kalsiyan, Kalal and Baba Khori areas in Naushera around 5 am while firing in Pallanwalla in Akhnoor started around 1.30 pm.
Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said mortars, automatic weapons and small arms were used by Pakistani troops to target Naushera while Pallanwalla came under firing from small arms.
He said Indian troops “responded appropriately” at all places. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side.
The LoC exchanges took place less than 24 hours after the Jammu & Kashmir government ordered reopening of all schools in border areas except those where the administration has set up shelter camps for border migrants. At these schools too, principals have been asked to hold special classes for children of those camping there.
Shelling in the Naushera sector stopped in the afternoon. No shell landed in any residential area but sub-divisional magistrate Harbans Lal Sharma said the administration was keeping a close watch. He said if shelling were to resume, residents of nearly ten villages, within a radius of 2 km from the LoC, would be moved to safer areas.
Pakistani troops have been violating the ceasefire ever since the Indian Army announced it had carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads along the LoC on September 29.
Six persons, including two women, were injured in Pakistani shelling in Shahpur, Mandi and Sawjian areas of Poonch district on Monday.
In Pallanwalla, several villages along the LoC wear a deserted look with most people locking their homes, shops and moving to safer areas.