LoC face-off: 6 Uri villages evacuated

Residents of around six villages along the Line of Control at Uri in Baramulla district were evacuated to safer places while panic gripped Karnah town in Kupwara district as India and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire on Thursday, a police official said.
LoC face-off: 6 Uri villages evacuated
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Residents of around six villages along the Line of Control at Uri in Baramulla district were evacuated to safer places while panic gripped Karnah town in Kupwara district as India and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire on Thursday, a police official said. 

He said the exchange of fire resulted in the damage to two residential houses belonging to Ghulam Rasool and Muneer Ahmad of Tilawari in Uri.  However, there was no report of loss of life. 

The evacuated residents were relocated at Government Higher Secondary school Uri.

Sub divisional police officer Javed Ahmed Shah said, "The intermittent firing between the two sides is continuing since morning. We made adequate arrangements for the safe evacuation of affected residents and all of them are safe." 

Another official said the worst affected villages along the LoC in Uri are Balkote, Silkote, Tillawari, Thajal,Churanda, Batgra and Hathlanga. 

"The exchange of fire started at around 8 am and within no time its intensity increased manifold. We left our residential houses and ran for safety," said Jamal Khan of Thajal Uri. 

Panic grips Karnah

Meanwhile, panic gripped a few villages in town of Karnah in Kupwara district late this evening after India and Pakistan armies traded fire near Madayan and Toli posts close to the LoC, locals said.

Residents of Kandi and Dildar, not too far from the posts, told Greater Kashmir over phone that heavy exchange of gunfire erupted around 8:10 PM today. It created panic in the area. The firing has been going on intermittently, they added. 

"I can see the large amount of flash generated by the gunfire or mortar shells being fired intermittently at Indian posts or fired in retaliation by the Indian army," said Manzoor Qureshi, resident of Kandi.

Toli post is located at a high altitude on top of a hillock and the Madayan post is not far from the LoC, an official said.

The shelling from across the LoC could badly affect life in Madayan and Charkunji villages, adjacent to the army posts involved in exchange of shelling, the official added. 

Senior superintendent of police Kupwara Shamsher Hussain confirmed that intermittent exchange of shelling was on since 8 PM. "Indian army is forcefully responding to the unprovoked shelling from across the border," Hussain added.

It may be recalled Pakistani army, according to the officials, had resorted to "unprovoked firing and indiscriminate mortar shelling" targeting Bukhari post, Ragni post, Kana post, Toli post and some other posts close to LoC a day before.

A BSF soldier had wounded in Pakistan sniper fire on Tuesday had succumbed a day later.

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