Srinagar, Aug 31 : As many as 15 residential houses were damaged after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in the border town of Gurez in north Kashmir district of Bandipora.
Official sources on Saturday told UNI that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked shelling in Bagrang area in the Gurez sector. 'A residential house caught fire after a Pak shell landed on it,' they said.
They said before the fire was doused, 15 houses were completely damaged. 'The Pak shelling was retaliated effectively by Indian troops,' they added.
They said the affected families were evacuated to safer areas. 'One shell landed on a house after it the structure caught fire. Before the fire was doused off 15 houses were damaged,' a resident said.
Expressing concern over the escalation in tension along the LoC, he said it is the civilians who died on both sides during ceasefire violation. 'I request both the countries to come on a table and talk so that people living in borders can live peacefully,' he added.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Bandipora said, 'One month ration, besides aid from Red Cross have been given to the affected families.(UNI)