Two Army personnel were injured as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling on Indian positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts Tuesday, officials said.
Polling for the second phase of panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir was underway in the two districts. While Poonch registered 81.7 per cent polling, in Rajouri the voter turnout was recorded at 83.5 per cent.
According to official sources, at least two shells fell near Artillery Brigade Headquarters in Poonch town injuring a soldier, sources said. A third shell fell in the middle of a road leading to a village near the Brigade headquarters, they said.
It is for the second time in less than a month that Pakistan troops have targetted Poonch brigade headquarters. Earlier, in October, an unmanned shelter was damaged when a Pakistani RPG shell landed there.
Pakistani soldiers also resorted to mortar shelling at Balakote sector in Poonch district, following which authorities issued an order to close schools that falling along the LoC in Degwar, Ajote, Malti and Karmara areas of the district. People were also advised to stay indoors in villages along the LoC.
According to Defence ministry spokesperson, Lt Colonel Devender Anand, another soldier got injured in Nowshera sector due to splinter injury during ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
Earlier in the morning, Pakistani troops had resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire in Nowshera’s Kalal area.