The residents of Patri Chajjla village, located close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Mankote tehsil, are living under constant fear as a number of "live mortar shells" have been lying in the area for some days.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Mohammad Azeef, a resident, said, "Merely, at few feet from the main door of my house, a live mortar shell has been lying around since the past five days."
"We live under constant fear, thinking that what if someone fiddles with it. I can only imagine what will happen if the shell explodes," Azeef said, adding that the shell seems to be 120 mm mortar, which is highly destructive, and destroys everything in about 50-60 metres of vicinity.
Another villager, Mohammad Javed, claimed that there are about three to four live shells lying in the area. "These shells have been lying here since the past several days, after the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along the LoC."
A police officer said that they received information about the live shells on Sunday noon, after which teams have been sent to the area. "The shells will be destroyed in safe conditions," he said.
On being contacted by Greater Kashmir, district development commissioner, Poonch, Rahul Yadav, "We have received information through locals that some shells lying in the area. We have contacted the army and a team of police was also sent to the area."
He further said, "We are closely monitoring the situation and the live shells will be destroyed soon. Pertinently, live shells always remain a problem after ceasefire violation."