Border on boil:Child and soldier from South Kahsmir lose life

Injured evacuated 16 Schools closed, Camps notified

Rajouri, July 17: An Indian soldier and a child was killed as the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire and shelling on Monday on the Line of Control (LoC)in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

An official said that Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked targeting of the Indian positions on the LoC in Tarkundi sector of Rajouri and Balakote sector of Poonch today morning.

The soldier killed according to officials belong to Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment. He has been identified as Mudasir Ahmed Rather of Buchoo Tral.

A five-year-old child, identified as Syeda, was killed after a shell hit her house in Behroti area of Balakote sector of Poonch district.

A woman was seriously injured in Manjkote sector of Rajouri.

There were reports of injuries to some animals as well.

Pertinently, four Pakistani Army soldiers were drowned after their vehicle came under attack from Indian soldiers in Neelum Valley of Pakistan administered Kashmir.

    Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh expressed grief over the killing of Army jawan Naik Mudasir Ahmed, a resident of Tral, Pulwama.

Dr Singh while expressing sympathies with the family of the martyred soldier said that the sacrifices rendered by the jawans would not go in waste and a befitting reply would be given to thwart the nefarious designs of the enemies of India.

  An official from district Rajouri said that heavy mortal shelling was reported in forward areas of Tehsil Manjakote in Rajouri at 830Hrs. A population of 4500-5000 in villages of Panjgrain, Rajdhani and Naika among others was affected. Two civilians were injured during shelling. One seriously injured Shah Begum W/O Mohd Sharief R/O Panjgrain was admitted in district hospital while other injured Sharief Ahmed was given first aid.

          District Administration ordered closure of all schools early morning however 120 students were held up in Govt School at Panjgrain and on report of headmaster senior officers coordinated for their safe evacuation as shelling was reported of have affected nearby area.

          District Magistrate, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary accompanied by SSP Yougal Manhas, ACD Noor Alam, AC Defence Abdul Qayoom, CEO Lal Hussain and other senior officers rushed to forward areas to oversee arrangements for likely evacuation and emergency response. They also held meeting with locals at Panjgrain and briefed about preparedness. The DM briefed the locals about necessary arrangements kept in place for establishment of camps in case of any likely evacuation, provision of ration supply in affected villages, essential services and coordination for rescue. First aid medicines, tents, ration and other requisite items have been rushed as reserve.

          The schools closed for an indefinite period include Primary Schools Sharmabasti, Korapani, Nangal, Tadyalla, Chakwa, Trutta Dhara, Mahal Rajdhani, Kalvatra Mohalla, Lal Beig, Rependi, Kotedhar, Chakli; Middle Schools Naika, Kundinakkar, Paryali, Lambibari and High Schools Khorinar and Dhar. An order for closure of schools was issued by the Deputy Commissioner soon after reports of heavy shelling in Manjakote. SDPO Manjakote Imtiaz Ahmed coordinate rescue at LoC while Tehsildar Mehmood Ahmed coordinated arrangements in villages as well as for camps. AC Defence and Tehsildar Manjakote have been deputed as nodal officers for emergency response and providing required relief.

          District Administration sounded alert and advised the residents to stay indoors and field officers have been deputed for coordination. HS Ghambir Brahmna, HSS Kakora, HSS Manjakote, Panchayat Ghar and other locations have been notified as camps for likely evacuation. Four ambulances were rushed to Ghambir, Panjgrain and Manjakote. DC and senior officers also visited CHC Manjakote and proposed relief camps. Two ambulances were stationed in Ghambir Brahmna.

          Meanwhile joint teams of Health, Revenue, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture and other departments have also been deputed for loss assessment, damage report and providing required assistance. 

    Meanwhile, An army man was injured on Monday after India and Pakistan exchanged fire and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

An official said that the armies are exchanging fire in Kamalkote area of the district.   (CNS)