The Hush Post| 11.07 am |two-minute-read|
Within hours after Indian Air Force pilot Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman walked back home, a woman and her two children were killed in heavy overnight shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
The victims are 25-year-old Rubana Kosar, her five-year-old Sona Fazan and nine-month-old daughter Shabnam.
One more person was severely injured in the firing. Pakistani forces targeted civilian areas with heavy guns including the Howitzer 105 mm and mortar bombs, the police said.
Pakistani shells hit several houses in Salotri village near the LoC. A day before on Friday, a woman was injured in cross-border firing in Mankote area of Poonch.
Apart from Mankote and Salotri, Pakistani forces also targeted villages in Krishnaghati and Balakote sectors. Firing has been going on for the last eight days said the Jammu and Kashmir police.
The district authorities have asked schools within five kilometres along the Line of Control, in Poonch and Rajouri, to close down for now and ordered villagers to stay indoors.
In the last one week, there have been as many as 60 ceasefire violations in the forward areas of Poonch, Rajouri, Jammu and Baramulla districts said police sources.
Ceasefire violations have gone up several notches in the last one year. 2018 witnessed 2,936 violations by Pakistani troops – the highest number in the last 15 years.