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Pak shelling leaves trail of destruction on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up their offensive, Pakistan Army shelled a strategic fuel depot of the security forces, leaving a trail of destruction along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Saujian sector of Poonch district in Jammu division.More than 20 shops were razed to ground after massive fire engulfed the Saujian village when Pakistan shells landed in the fuel depot, which is used for supplying oil to the forward posts of the security forces stationed on the Line of Control.”Almost 20 shops and two bikes were gutted in the fire. A car has also suffered some damages in the firing. It is a place where the fuel barrels are kept for their onward movement to the forward posts. The incident happened 48 hours ago when cross border shelling took place in Saujiyan and Shahpur sectors,” Mohammad Harun Malik, district development commissioner of Poonch, told dna.Malik said they are currently assessing the losses caused to the property due to the cross border shelling. “Loss statement has not been made. I had personally gone for the inspection of the affected area of Saujian today.Wooden works and roofs of the shops have been gutted completely but the walls are intact,” he said.Pakistani army has opened few more fronts and extended shelling to newer areas in Mendhar and Sunderbani sectors of the LoC. “Ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Mendhar sectors are being strongly retaliated by our forces,” said an army officer.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said Pakistan started to unprovoked cease fire violations in Krishna Ghati sector from 5 pm on Tuesday using arms, automatics and mortars.”Firing stopped at Krishna Ghati sector 8 pm but intermittently continues in Naushera sector. Firing is being appropriately responded by own troops,” he said.Deputy inspector general of police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Johnny Williams told dna that the authorities have evacuated few civilians from some areas in Naushera sector of LoC following the shelling.”We had to do evacuation in the wake of shelling. Around 50 to 60 people were evacuated. Basically the shelling is from post to post,” he said.Pakistan has also opened another front in Macchal sector by resorting to heavy shelling on Indian forward posts on Wednesday. “Ceasefire Violation in Machhal Sector by Pakistan is being strongly retaliated,” tweeted Northern Command of the Indian army.Hundreds of families have shifted to safer places after Pakistani army intensified the shelling since the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last week.Meanwhile, police in its continuous and sustained drive against the trouble mongers arrested 76 people involved in various offences of disturbing public order in different parts of the valley

Fear grips Uri residents amid high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fear has gripped the people living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir after Indian army carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday night.Jammu and Kashmir has put the administration in border districts on high alert to meet any exigency in case Pakistan resorts to any misadventure.”We have been alert for so many days now. We have chalked out a plan which we can implement at any point of time,” Mohammad Harun Malik, district development commissioner of Poonch, told dna.The administration has identified several safe places including schools and government buildings where they can lodge displaced people in case of evacuation.”We did not want to create any panic at this point of time. People are well aware of the situation. There was firing in Sabzian last night too,” said MalikPoonch area often witnesses shelling and firing from across the LoC. In fact, Pakistani forces breached the Line of Control few years ago and beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and mutilated the body of another army soldier. The head of the soldier was later taken away by fleeing Pakistani soldier.Pakistan has been violating the border ceasefire at will for the last few years. Several villagers have been killed and property worth crores destroyed in the shelling.Inside a well laid room Abdul Rashid, 68, is frantically flipping television news channels. Everytime news about border escalation flashes on the screeen, Rashid rubs his hands in panic. Flashback of 1998 cross LoC shelling plays in his mind. Rashid’s two houses were raised to ground and his family had a narrow escape.”How can I forget that fateful day. It was Friday I had gone for Namaz when someone told me shells have landed in the village. And one of the shells hit my home,” Rashid, a retired government employee told dna.Cut to September 2016, Rashid’s worries have magnified. Neither are there any underground bunkers nor are any safety valves.”The bunkers have been damaged in 2005 earthquake. People have constructed new houses. Families have grown manifold. If shelling resumes this village is bound to suffer given the fact that we are in direct firing range of across the LoC,” he said.Like other border areas Uri has suffered in silence before 2003 ceasefire when guns were ogling fire from both sides of Line of Control. Hundreds of people have died umpteen suffered permanently disabilities. Hundreds of houses were damaged and property worth crores destroyed.”No one can feel the pain than us. We know the effects of war because we are the sufferers. How can a person living in cozy air condition rooms know what war is? War is devastating. We have suffered its effects”, said Jameel Ahmad, a shopkeeper of Uri.

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