J&K: Jawan hurt in truce violation, schools stay shut

| | Jammu

In a fresh incident of ceasefire violation reported along the Line of Control in frontier Poonch district, one Army jawan received injuries while schools remained closed in the forward areas to ensure safety of children on Friday.

Due to intense firing in the forward areas several villages remained on their tenterhooks as Pakistan Army targeted civilian areas. In response the Indian Army retaliated strongly to silence the Pak guns.

For last three days intermittent firing at regular intervals is going on across different pockets along the Line of Control. The presence of small groups of infiltrators  attempting to cross the Line of Control cannot be ruled out taking advantage of heavy cover fire provided by the Pak Army.

Following fresh exchange of firing in the forward areas the local residents in the area are a worried lot.

"We cannot afford to stay away from our homes for a long time due to chilly weather conditions in the forward areas" local residents claimed. The local administration is trying its level best to pool its resources to start construction work of bunkers to ensure safety of local residents.

Security agencies too are apprehensive as they are expecting infiltrators to shift to plain areas and pockets of line of control south of Pir Panjal which mostly remains unaffected by the heavy —moderate snowfall. During coming peak winter months infiltrators try and use traditional routes of infiltration in the region as their handlers are well versed with infiltration routes.

Defence PRO in Jammu said. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0745 hours in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC)”. "Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively", he said.



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