Uri: 4 civilians wounded in cross-border shelling

Four civilians were injured, three residential houses damaged in fresh cross-border firing in Kamalkote area along the Line of Control in Uri on Sunday, officials said.

The injured were identified as Riyaz Ahmad, Meena Begum, Asif Ahmad and Ishtiyaq Ahmad—all residents of KandiBarjala, Kamalkote.

Two of the four injured were referred to Srinagar hospitals for advanced treatment, a source said.

Local residents told Greater Kashmir that the shelling started on Saturday midnight and continued intermittently for several hours.

However, its intensity from both sides increased after 2pm on Sunday, they said.

“During the midnight shelling, a residential house suffered damage, but on Sunday afternoon, the Indian and Pakistani forces resorted to heavy shelling, resulting in injuries to four persons and damage to two more residential houses,” said Anwar Hussain, a resident of KundiBarjala, a village close to the LoC.

Sub-divisional magistrate Uri, Riyaz Ahmad, confirmed the injuries and damage to three residential houses.

Earlier, in an incident of cross-border shelling in Kamalkote on March 1, a local resident, later identified as Nazir Ahmad Khan, was severely injured after splinters of a shell hit him. He was immediately rushed to a Srinagar hospital, where his condition is still not stable. Three residential houses were also damaged in the incident.

Meanwhile, the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire in two areas along the Line of Control in Poonch on Sunday, officials said. They, however, said that the LoC areas in Rajouri were “relatively calm” since last night.

An official source said that in Krishna Ghati area of Poonch, firing started at 4.30am and lasted for more than three hours, during which firing with small arms and heavy mortar shelling took place.

In Poonch also, exchange of fire with small arms took place for an hour at around 11am, the source said.

JAVED IQBAL