All the schools near the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur and Degwar areas of border Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir were on Friday closed for the day following unprovoked mortar shelling by Pakistani troops.
Sources said the decision to close educational institutions in Gulpur and Nakarkote areas was taken by district administration as a precautionary measure as shelling from across the border had been intense since7 am. However, there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side so far.
The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, sources said, adding that exchange of fire between the two sides has stopped at the moment.
The latest ceasefire violation from Pakistan has come two days after its troops had resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling on forward Indian positions in Shahpur area on Wednesday.
At least a dozen people including civilians and soldiers have been killed in nearly 300 incidents of ceasefire violations along the border in 2017 so far. In 2016, there were 228 such incidents.
The escalation along the borders had led to suspension of cross LoC travel and trade on Poonch-Rawalakote road through Chakkan Da Bagh for nearly four months, besides migration of a large number of people from villages near LoC in Nowshera sector. Though travel and trade between two sides have resumed last week, those having migrated from their native places are yet to return home.