Mortar shelling from acr-oss the Line of Control intensified on Eid-ul-Zuha on Wednesday as Pakistani troops started targeting some more areas on the Indian side in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Significantly,the areas hit by Pakistani mortars were predominantly inhabited by Muslims,sources said,adding that unprovoked shelling from across the Line of Control resumed soon after the conclusion of Eid-ul-Zuha prayers.
Though no one was hurt on the Indian side,the mortar shelling dampened the festive spirit among local Muslims in border areas as they were forced to remain indoors.
A Defence ministry spokesman Colonel R K Palta said the Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing from small arms,automatic weapons and mortars in Krishna Ghati and Bhimber Gali sectors at 10.40 am.
The Indian Army also retaliated strongly.
Meanwhile,sources identified the areas hit by Pakistani mortars as Mankote,Balakote and Mendhar.The shelling came in Mankote and spread to Balakote and Mendhar.
Pointing out that Pakistan resumed its provocations after a brief lull along the Line of Control and International Border,sources said one Indian soldier was killed in Mendhar during mortar shelling on Tuesday. Prior to it,a BSF officer was hurt in firing by Pakistani Rangers from across the border in Samba sector on Monday.
Identifying the deceased soldier as Lance Naik Mohammad Feroze Khan of Hyderabad,sources said he had been sanctioned leave for Eid-ul-Zuha.
However,Khan decided against going home in view of the increased activity by Pakistan across the Line of Control,they added.
Ever since the killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistans Border Action Team in Chakkan Da Bagh area in Poonch on the intervening night of August 5-6 this year,there has been spurt in firing and mortar shelling from across the Line of Control.
Since then,there have been nearly 150 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops including a dozen during the last six days.