5 animals killed, 6 houses damaged as Pak shells Poonch villages

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/11/2019 11:08:09 AM

JAMMU, Sep 10: Five animals were killed while thirteen others were injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan on villages and forward border posts along Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote, Mankote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district early Tuesday.
One house also suffered extensive damages in shelling while five other houses sustained partial damages as Pakistani army resorted to heavy shelling targetting forward posts and villages along LoC in Mankote, Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district late Monday evening at around 10.20 PM. The shelling continued till 3.00 AM.
Indian side too retaliated in equal measure, official sources said.
“Nine villages viz., Balakot 1, SAndot, Basooni, Dabi, Dharati, Bruti, Ramlutu, Ghalota, Kanga, Dhargloon were badly impacted by Pak shelling. Five buffaloes of Nasirullah son of late Dr Abdul Latief resident of Sandot were killed in shelling while thirteen other animals also sustained injuries in the affected villages. A house belonging to Mohammed Nisar son of Mohammed Rashid resident of Zinda Pir Dhargloon was also damaged as a mortar shell fell on it. Five other structures also sustained partial damages. The assessment of damages was being made,” official sources added.
Sarpanch Nusrat Ayat Balakotvi, while talking to KTNS, said that there was a proposal for construction of 42 individual bunkers yet so far only 25-30 percent work on this account was completed. While out of four community bunkers only one was completed so far, she said.
Nusrat added that with regard to rest of bunkers, only four to five percent work vis-a-vis tendering by PWD was completed. “There is a panic among residents here. We’re very scared. We want that both the sides should follow respect ceasefire,” she added.
In the meanwhile, a plan has been formulated to evacuate people living along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district during heavy firing and shelling from across the border, officials said on Monday.
Six soldiers and two civilians have been killed and 24 people injured in over 200 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army since July this year, striking fear among border residents, they said.
“We have formulated an evacuation plan (for shifting of the border people to safer places in case of heavy firing and shelling by Pakistan troops),” Nowshera tehsildar Babu Ram said.
“If border shelling intensifies, we will evacuate people to safer places under the plan,” he said.
In the past three days, two houses were fully damaged, four partially damaged and four animals were killed in shelling and firing by the Pakistan army, Ram added.
On Monday, Pakistan had violated ceasefire in Uri sector of North Kashmir also in which two persons including a soldier were injured while army had retaliated leading to fierce shelling from both the sides.
According to army officials, Pakistan had violated ceasefire in Kamalkote and Uroosa areas of Uri sector Sunday night. The army had retaliated and exchange of firing continued till Monday afternoon.
Two persons including an army soldier were injured in the firing. They were identified as Arun Vir of 8 RR of Army and a civilian Mohammad Hussain, 45.

 

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