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Pakistan violates ceasefire before second phase of panchayat polls in J&K

At least three shells fell in areas surrounding the Artillery Brigade headquarters on the outskirts of Poonch town, where polling is taking place in Loran Mandi area.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire before second phase of panchayat polls in state
It is for the second time in less than a month that Pakistani troops have targeted Poonch brigade headquarters. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi/Representational)

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire at various places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The unprovoked shelling from across the LoC came nearly half-an-hour before polling for the second phase of panchayat elections in the state began.

At least three shells fell in areas surrounding the Artillery Brigade headquarters on the outskirts of Poonch town, where polling is taking place in Loran Mandi area. Sources said that firing from Pakistan side started around 7.30 am, with one of the shells falling on the side of a road passing near brigade headquarters. However, there was no casualty or damage to property.

It is for the second time in less than a month that Pakistani troops have targeted Poonch brigade headquarters. Earlier, during last fortnight of October, an unmanned shelter shed was damaged by a Pakistani RPG shell.

Another incident of unprovoked firing was observed at Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. The Army retaliated to cross-border shelling at all the places.

In view of cross-border shelling, the authorities have ordered the closure of schools falling along the LoC in Degwar, Ajote, Malti and Karmara areas of Poonch as a precautionary measure.