Kashmir .Mar 2 : As Pakistani mortar guns remained silent since February 24 along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, the border villagers, who were shifted to safer places to escape shelling, have returned to their native places.
However, two Army Jawans were injured as Pak troops resorted to heavy unprovoked shelling along the LoC at Mankote sector in Jammu’s Poonch on Thursday. Pak troops also resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu region on Thursday.
Official sources said that around 7,000 people, including women and children besides elderly persons, who were evacuated from Churunda, Silikote, Mothal, Hatlanga, Shoura Balkote, and Tilawari and other villages to safe places, have returned to their homes.
“Around 700 border villagers were kept at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Uri, where they were provided food, bedding, medical and sanitation facilities,” they said, adding the rest lived with their relatives.
However, they said as there has been no incident of ceasefire violation from Pakistan in north Kashmir since last week, people have returned to their homes.
Asserting that Pak troops violate ceasefire to help militants infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir, General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Srinagar-based Army’s 15 Corps Lt Gen AK Bhatt recently said ”the ultras are waiting in groups of 30-40 at different places along the LoC to sneak into the state”.
“Ceasefire violation is being done from the other side to facilitate infiltration of militants into the state. The incident (ceasefire violation) which happened in Tanghdar in Kupwara was also carried out to facilitate infiltration of militants,” Lt Gen Bhatt had told reporters on the sidelines of a Passing Out Cum Attestation Parade at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) centre at Old Air Field in Rengreth on the city outskirts.
He said the militants are in a groups of 30 to 40 at various places along the LoC on the others side from Leepa Valley to Mandal to Rampur. However, he said, troops are already on high alert to foil any such attempt.
After almost daily ceasefire violation by Pak troops on the LoC and International Border (IB) in Jammu region, Pakistan opened a new front in Kashmir valley mid week last month, targeting forward posts and civilian areas in Uri, Tangdhar and Karnah sectors.