Ground Report | Srinagar
Three civilians including an 8-year-old boy died on Sunday along the Line of Control (LoC) in cross shelling in frontier districts of north Kashmir.
The deceased were identified as Shameena Begum, Javeed Khan, both from the Chowkibal area and Zayan, an 8-year-old boy from Tumna village.
Srinagar-based Defence Spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said, “Unprovoked Ceasefire Violation initiated by Pakistan in Keran Sector at 5 pm. Pakistan now targeting civilian population in Kupwara sector near the Line of Control resulting in killing 3 innocent civilians including one woman and a child.”
Reports said firing exchanges have now stopped in the area and district officials including police are evacuating residents living close to the LoC in these areas.
The area has been tense for the last few days as there was heavy exchange of gunfire and shelling at the LoC in Keran sector in Kupwara since Friday.
Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday.
The deceased were identified as Shameena Begum, Javeed Khan and Zayan, an 8-year-old boy. Sources said Pakistan targeted Shararat post, Jal Black Rock, and Anil posts along the LoC and resorted to heavy mortar shelling.
Several shells landed in civilian areas, damaging houses and killing three civilians, they said. This comes just a day after massive cross border shelling was reported in the area.
An army official earlier said that this afternoon Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation creating fear among the local population and targeted Indian army posts.
They said that the initial fire started from Hajitara, Dhani and later the firing spread in the areas like Manzgam, Malikpora, TCP, Hafrada, Kralpora and Tumna Hachimarg Chowkibal.He said the shelling was started by Pakistan and Indian army responded in equal proportions.
What is LOC?
The term Line of Control (LoC) refers to the military control line between the indians and Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state of Jammu and kashmir a line which does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary, but is the defact order.
Originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was redesignated as the “Line of Control” following the Simla agreement , which was signed on 3 July 1972. Also LOC stands for level of consciousness.