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Two civilians killed in Pakistan firing in Poonch

Soldiers stand guard near the LoC in Poonch.

Soldiers stand guard near the LoC in Poonch.   | Photo Credit: PTI


Seven more were injured in the ceasefire violation along LoC

Two civilians were killed and seven injured on Tuesday in fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal valley’s Poonch district.

“Two civilian have lost their lives in Pakistani firing in Bandi Chechian village. Seven civilians have been hospitalised. Three will be shifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. The local administration and the Red Cross are providing assistance to the affected population,” Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Rahul Yadav said.

“The firing was on till late on Tuesday evening and three villages were affected,” he added.

The deceased were identified as Shoaib Ahmad and Gulnaz Akhtar, both residents of the Shahpur Sector in Poonch.

An Army official said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Shahpur and Kirni Sectors around 2:30 p.m. “Pakistan used small arms and fired mortars along the LoC. Indian Army is retaliating befittingly,” said the Army official.

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said on Monday that 950 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan were reported along LoC in J&K since the abrogation of Article 370.

‘Miscreants’ held

The J&K police said on Tuesday that it had arrested nine miscreants behind incidents of arson and intimidation of locals to observe a shutdown in the Valley.

A police spokesman said four of them were held in Baramulla. “These miscreants had set ablaze shops in Baramulla Market at three different locations on November 24. Several shops and a shopping complex were damaged,” police said. They were identified as Muhammad Maroof Saliah alias Aadil, Bilal Mehraj Bhat and Sameer Ahmad Shakroo, all residents of Kanlibagh in Baramulla, and Aadil Gaffar Sofi, a resident of Iqbal Colony, Baramulla.

Five miscreants involved in lobbing petrol bombs and threatening locals and shopkeepers were held in Srinagar. “A group of five miscreants involved in hurling petrol bombs, Molotov Cocktails, and threatening of shopkeepers and locals in the interiors of Srinagar city. This group was involved in hurling petrol bombs on vehicles of the police and security forces in the areas of Sarafkadal, Bohrikadal, Rajourikadal, Khanyar and Nowhatta,” police said.

They were forcing minors to track the movement of police and security forces’ vehicles in the area, police said. “Police have resolved to act tough against anti-social elements and miscreants involved in criminal activities in the area,” said the spokesman.

Most shops in Kashmir valley continue to observe a shutdown over revocation of J&K’s special status on August 5. Most commercial hubs, including Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk, Hari Singh High Street and markets of the Old City, closed by noon on Tuesday, as part of the protest calendar being followed for four months.

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