Around 200 children were evacuated today in bullet-proof vehicles, as Pakistani troops started indiscriminate firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. The unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops prompted Indian armed forces to retaliate in equal measure. Speaking about the firing by Pakistani troops, SSP Rajouri, Yougal Manhas said that heavy shelling was evident in Bhawani, Sair and Kadali villages of Nowshera sector. He said that around 11 students were trapped in Sair middle school, 50 students at Sair high school and another 150 students in Bhawani high school. There is another school where students are currently kept inside the school due to the heavy shelling.
To protect the children, bullet-proof vehicles were used to evacuate the children. Rajouri deputy commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who is currently in Bhawani to take stock of the situation said that three bullet-proof vehicles were deployed to evacuate the children from a high school at Sehar. He said that around 5,000 people have been affected by the shelling, out of which, 3,500 have been evacuated and moved to relief camps. The authorities have ordered schools in 23 villages to be closed indefinitely due to the firing and shelling by Pakistani troops.