Heavy artillery shells used in Rajouri, Poonch

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Artillery shells of 105 mm have become a new horror for border residents of Rajouri and Poonch districts who said they had never witnessed artillery shelling after 1999 Kargil war.

Although cross border shelling is taking place from last many years but artillery shells were never used, said sarpannch Ramesh Choudhary from Kalal in Nowshera sector.

He however said that their villages including Ghanya, Kalal, Deeing, Baba Khori witnessed artillery shelling on Thursday late evening.

“High intensity shells landed several kilometres inside Line of Control, we had never seen such kind of heavy shelling in the area,” said the sarpanch.

Another local Ankit Kumar said that a live shell was found lying on the roof of a house which later turned out to be 105 mm shell and the same is an artillery shell.

“Big holes on ground, splinter marks everywhere and this unexploded 105 mm live shell is clear sign that artillery is in use,” he said.

People from Balakote also raised similar concern and said that artillery shells are in use which should be checked.