LoC Flares Up In Uri, 5 Civilians Injured


Indian soldiers patrolling near the Line of Control. (File Pic)

Srinagar: At least five people, including a minor on Saturday were injured in Uri sector of Baramulla district as India and Pakistan continued to trade gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The exchange of fire between India and Pakistan troops started around 10am Saturday along the LoC in Hajipeer sector and continued for several hours, villagers told Kashmir Observer over phone. The cross-LoC shelling, they said created panic in Nambla, Mothal, Hathlanga and other villages prompting people to stay indoors.

“In the afternoon, cross-LoC shelling intensified. Shells exploded in Nabla village injuring five people and damaging several houses,” Sarpanch Charduna, Lal Din Khatana told Kashmir Observer.

All the five people, he said were removed to the primary health centre Uri for treatment.

“Around 2:30, five people, including two children aged 12 and 16 were brought to our health facility in Uri. Preliminary treatment was given to all the five. However, among them, three with splinter injuries were referred to Baramulla hospital for advanced treatment,” Block Medical Officer (BMO) Uri Dr Ramzan told Kashmir Observer.

He said the condition of all the five was stable.

The locals identified three of the injured as Maqbool Magriyal, Parveena Begum and Ahmad Sheikh, all residents of Nambla.

Last week, a woman was killed and two other people injured in Batgran village of Uri during cross-LoC shelling. Intense shelling had also prompted the district authorities to evacuate the villagers towards the safer places.

Meanwhile, an army spokesperson said that four civilians were injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Uri, according to an Army spokesperson.

“On 20 June 2020, in the morning hours, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Rampur sector by firing mortars and other weapons,” the spokesman said.

He said four civilians were injured in the Pakistani firing.

The Army has given a befitting response to the Pakistani aggression, he said.

Cross-LoC Shelling Rattles Rajouri

Meanwhile Army on Saturday accused Pakistan troops of violating ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir,

Pakistani troops on Saturday shelled mortars along the LoC in Rajouri , drawing a strong retaliation by the Indian Army, a defence spokesperson said.

There was no immediate report of any casualty, he said.

“At about 6.45 PM, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling mortars along LoC in Nowshera sector. The Army is retaliating befittingly,” the spokesperson said.

The cross-border shelling was going on when last reports were received, he added.

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