NEW DELHI, May 14: AFTER a brief lull previous night along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector, the border in adjoining Rajouri sector became alive as Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling at various places there on Sunday morning. The entire border from Peer Badesar adjoining Nowshera to Tarkundi in Balakote sector of Mendhar has been live, sources said. However, there have been no reports of any casualty on the Indan side so far. Pointing out that Tarkundi falls in both Rajouri and Mendhar sectors, sources said that “only 2-3 posts falling in the latter area were hit by Pakistani shelling”.
A Indian defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta here said “Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 6.45 am along the LoC in Rajouri sector. The Indian army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on.
Meanwhile, with mortar shelling from Paksitan stopped since last evening, rescue teams comprising civil and police officials, besides doctors and para medical staff have rushed to affected areas in Nowshera sector to access the damage, rescue more people, as also to provide medical treatment to cattle injured in Saturday’s firing by Pakistan.
Nearly 200 – 300 houses have been damaged, mostly partially, in shelling from across the LoC, said Sub Divisional Magistrate, Nowshera, Harbans Lal Sharma. Live stock in large numbers is also reportedly killed and injured in the shelling.
The first task at hand of the rescue teams is to remove the carcass of dead animals as it would otherwise start giving foul smell making everybody to move in the villages, Sharma said. Apart from ambulances, the administration has pressed into service mobile bulletproof bunkers of the police to rescue people, he said, adding that though it is peaceful since last night, but one does not know as to when they (Pakistan) will start firing.
Nearly 1,100 people including women and children were rescued and brought to relief camps set up by the administration at Nowshera last night. The civil administration has already ordered closure of all the 87 schools falling in close vicinity of the LoC all along Rajouri district.(TIE)