Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwalla sector of Akhnoor, J&K during the wee hours of Saturday making nearly 5,000 people from nearly a dozen border villages to move to safer places at Khour.
Pointing out that these villagers had been staying at their native places despite heightened tension along the borders, sources said that the mortar shelling started around 3 am and it continued till 8 am. However, there had been no loss of life or damage to property on the Indian side.
The Indian troops retaliated appropriately, sources said, adding that this has been the second ceasefire violation along the LoC in Akhnoor sector during the last 24 hours as Pakistani troops had on Friday resorted to mortar shelling at Chapriyal and Samwan.
This has been the fourth incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan after India’s successful surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the LoC. Earlier, during the wee hours of Thursday, it had resorted to small arms firing and mortar shelling at Kalal in Nowshera sector of Rajouri and Balnoi in Mendhar.
In view of the mounting tension along the borders, the state government has already put in place its contingency plan to deal with any emergency by ordering closure of all educational institutions in border areas, setting up camps at safe places and keeping at standby vehicles to evacuate people in case of Pakistani shelling.
A number of people at various places along the international border in Jammu region have started moving to the houses of their relatives or camps at safer places during night since Thursday. However, as borders by and large remained peaceful, the number of people shifting to safer places for the night had been far less on Friday evening, a senior official said.