Over 250 people had to flee for their lives as the Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Chakan da Bagh area of Poonch came under Pakistani shelling on Wednesday afternoon, police sources and eyewitnesses told the news agency.
They said that the panic gripped labourers and staff at Trade Facilitation Centre Chakan da Bagh after several mortar shells landed in the area.
The labourers and staff were seen jumping into the river while some were forced to crawl on the ground to save their lives, eye-witnesses said.
A police officer said that the panic gripped the area soon after the Pakistani army targeted Indian army posts in Krishna Ghati sector, Balakote Sector, and Gulpur sector. At Gulpur sector, several mortar shells fired by Pakistan landed at the Chakan Da Bagh trade centre resulting in minor damage to one building.
Custodian Chakan da Bagh, Fareed Ahmad Kholi said that soon after the shells landed at TFC “staff and labourers fled towards safety.” (GNS)