STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU/SRINAGAR : Two persons were seriously injured and their Kachha house damaged during ‘artillery’ shelling by Pak forces in the residential areas on Wednesday in Poonch Sector while residents in Uri Sector fled their houses. Mohd Salim son of Najaf Din and a girl namely Tanveer Akhtar daughter of Mohd Saleem residents of village Bandhi Chechian in Shahpur Sector of district Poonch were injured and their house damaged with mortar shells fired by Pakistan forces today. Mohd Salim in serious condition was evacuated to Government Medical College Hospital Jammu after providing first aid at Government District Hospital Poonch. ACR Poonch, Tehsildar Haveli, Dy SP headquarters reached the hospital and paid sum of Rs 10,000 from the Red Cross Fund. The girl was given first aid at Local dispensary. This is for the first time that artillery has been used to target forward posts and villages along the LoC, a defence spokesperson said. “At about 1730 hours Pak army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars & artillery along LoC in Shahpur & Kirni sectors in district Poonch on Wednesday,” he said. Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, spokesman said.
Fifteen people belonging to three families on Wednesday fled their houses in Silikote area in Kashmir’s Uri sector, claiming there was intense shelling from across the LoC by Pakistani troops, officials said.
Officials at the headquarter of Army’s 15 Corps, which guards the LoC in Kashmir valley, said they had no information about ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Uri sector.
An official at the camp said, “We have received 15 people from Silikote at the makeshift camp in Uri town this morning.”
He said the residents of Silikote claimed that there was intense shelling by Pakistani troops from across the Line of Control during Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
“They also reported that several houses were damaged in the shelling,” he said, adding that the claims of the residents who had taken shelter at the camp were being verified by officials.
Meanwhile, the security forces have defused two live mortar shells fired by Pakistan Rangers in a village along the International Border in Kathua district.
The Pakistan Rangers fired dozens of shells targeting Rathawa village in Hiranagar sector on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, villagers said.
The house of Ram Piyari, a resident of Rathawa village, was hit by three mortar shells, of which one exploded causing damage to the walls.
The other two shells did not explode and Pyari called the security forces for help.
Later, the two shells were safely defused by the forces averting a major tragedy.
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