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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri again, forcing mass evacuation and shut down of schools

 2017-05-14 10:17:04.0

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri again, forcing mass evacuation and shut down of schools

Tahlka News Bureau

New Delhi: Pakistan violated the ceasefire again, today in Chiti Bakri in Chengu area of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC). This is the fourth ceasfire in four days and the second in Rajoouri district.

The shelling have caused damage to the buildings which forced evacuation of nearly 1,000 border dwellers, following which the Indian troops related strongly.

Around 6:45am, the Pakistan troops started shelling using long-range 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, besides firing from small arms and automatic weapons, defence spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said, adding Indian Army posts retaliated strongly.

Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said fresh ceasfire violation has been reported in 'Chitibakri' area of Chingus in Rajouri.

"More than seven villages have been affected," he said.

More than fifty one schools have been closed in Nowshera sector for an indefinite period of time while 36 in Manjakote and Doongi zones have been closed for three days, affecting the life of 4,6000 students, he said.

Police and district officials evacuated 996 people from areas along the LoC to relief camps.

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is expected to visit Rajouri later in the day to take stock of the situation, accompanied by deputy CM Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh.

On Saturday, two civilians including two minor girl s were killed and nine people, including four soldiers, were injured after Pakistan pounded 35 villages and Indian posts with mortars.

So far, three camps have been operational; and 28 others notified in wake of expected migration from affected villages, Chaudhry said.

"Six ambulances have been pressed into action for shifting of injured and treatment. One mobile medical unit was stationed at Nowshera and another deputed to forward areas," he said.

Around 120 officers from various departments have been deployed. Also the district administration ha provided immediate relief and financial assistance to the kin of the deceased and to the injured, he said.

A control room has been setup in the SDM's office in Nowshera for coordination.


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