Jammu and Kashmir: Sound of Pakistani rockets breaks silence in Shama Chak, villagers recount horror

The peace-loving residents of Shama Chak, around 10 km from Jammu, had never seen a rain of deadly mortar shells and missiles, until now.

Published: 03rd June 2018 11:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2018 11:22 PM   |  A+A-

A villager shows mortar shell marks on a wall after firing from the Pakistani side at Kanachak village about 35km from Jammu on Sunday June 03 2018. | PTI

By PTI

JAMMU: Ravinder Singh's work is interrupted by the deafening sound of rockets pounding the fields and the roof of houses.

For a moment, he cannot believe it has happened to their village.

The peace-loving residents of Shama Chak, around 10 km from Jammu, had never seen a rain of deadly mortar shells and missiles, until now.

Pakistani troops today rained mortar shells on the village, leaving four people, including a BSF jawan, injured.

The ear-piercing blasts could be heard in Jammu.

The attack left the villagers shocked and uncertain about their safety.

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Singh says he has never seen such violence in his 52 years.

"We were lucky that most of the shells exploded in the open," he tells PTI.

A villager shows the tail of a mortar shell after firing from the Pakistani
side at Kanachak village about 35km from Jammu on 
Sunday
June 03 2018. | PTI

Singh is attending to his brother Rajinder, who received multiple splinter injuries after a shell exploded near him.

"A shell exploded near our house, leaving Rajinder and his friend Palla Ram wounded," he says.

Singh says Ram is a BSF jawan and he had come to the village on leave two days ago.

The BSF personnel and the other injured people are recuperating at the Government Medical College Hospital here.

Vikram Singh (35), who also suffered splinter injuries, says the village came under attack from Pakistani troops at around 8:30 am.

Abhi Kumar, a Class 7 student, is among the injured undergoing treatment at the hospital.

He says several shells hit the main market, causing panic among the people.

Policeman Zakir Khan, undergoing treatment for splinter injuries, says he was deputed at Kanachak to stop people from going towards Mishriwala due to the lurking threat of mortar shelling.

Principal GMC Sunanda Raina says the staff has been alerted and all necessary arrangements made to ensure prompt treatment and free medicines to the injured.

Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta, senior government functionaries and opposition leaders visited the injured at the hospital.

"Pakistan is a coward nation which cannot be trusted. We condemn repeated ceasefire violation," Gupta says.

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