New Delhi, Feb 20: In view of unprovoked firing by the Pakistan troops, residents of several village living near Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir have been shifted to safer place. Police official said that civilians of Churanda and Silikote, inhabitants of villages of Thajal and Soni have been moved to safer locations. They have been shifted to camps on Monday night.
The villagers are being shifted after the Pakistani troops on Monday violated ceasefire along the LoC in the Uri sector, resulting in injuries to three civilians. Locals said that in the afternoon, Indian and Pakistan soldiers resorted to firing at Churanda village.
Churanda is the last village on the Line of Control in Uri located on a mountain beneath Hajipeer. The area had earlier also witnessed ceasefire violation between India and Pakistan. In October 2012, three civilians including a woman were killed in the incident of ceasefire violation. Two months ago, a lady was injured at Kamalkote village in a similar incident of ceasefire violation.
On Sunday, one Army jawan got injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Karmarha sector of J&K’s Poonch. Pakistani troops have been continuously shelling on the areas along the LoC.
Last week, following the Sunjuwan Army camp attack, Pakistani troops had launched mortars shells in Khadi Karmara forward areas in Poonch. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday had said that guns can never do away with the tension prevailing in the militancy-hit state. Instead, only talks can solve the problems.
A total of 18 people, including ten security personnel and eight civilians, were killed and over 75 injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC and the IB in Jammu region this year.