Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Kalsiyan, Kalal and Baba Khori area of Naushera sector during wee hours of Tuesday.
Confirming it, a Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said that there has been “unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops at three locations in Naushera sector from 5 am”. They have been using “small arms, automatics and mortars,” he said, adding that Indian troops have responded appropriately. No casualty or damage to property has been reported on the Indian side.
However, according to locals, the first fire from Pakistani side came around 12.33 am. By around 4 am, its volume had increased, they said, adding that exchange of fire between the two sides was going on. Though people living near the LoC in the area were yet to move to safer places despite warnings by security forces, they may do so tonight if Pakistani mortar shelling continues to remain intense, they added.
Sub Divisional Magistrate, Noushera, Harbans Lal Sharma, said that they were watching the situation closely. Though Pakistani mortar shells were falling away from the residential areas at present, if their volume continued to remain the same they may shift people of nearly ten villages falling within two kms distance from LoC to safer places, he said, adding that they have already been geared up for such a situation.
Ever since India carried out surgical strikes on terror launching pads across the LoC causing significant losses to terrorists and those shielding them, this has been the second incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the area. It was earlier during wee hours of Thursday that Pakistani troops had resorted to small arms fire in Kalal area.
Meanwhile, after a daylong mortar shelling by Pakistani troops at Shahpur, Sawjian and Mandi, the Line of Control in Poonch remained peaceful throughout Monday night.
Six people had been injured and some shops gutted in fire that spread from a nearby BSF base where some petrol containers were hit by a Pakistani shell. Officials, however, said that only two-three wooden khokhas were burnt.