After the violence between Indian and Pakistani security forces flared up along Line of Control (LoC), hundreds of schools were directed to close down.
Nearly 300 hundred schools were asked to shut down in Indian border from Wednesday morning following the death of eight civilians including two children in intensive shelling along the highly militarised border in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Nearly 300 schools, both private and government-run have been asked to close down in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts,” Pawan Kotwal, a top official in the civilian administration in Jammu, told AFP.
Samba and Rajouri sectors had seen heavy shelling on Tuesday when mortar shells fell on two locations in these sectors.
Pakistani authorities declared on Monday that six civilians including an 18-month girl had been killed on its side of the border in the firing from the Indian army. A diplomat was summoned by Islamabad to express protest over the killings.
Exchanges of fire by two armies along LoC and other undisputed border have been regular since the attack on Indian army base in Uri which left 19 soldiers killed.India-Pak relations have gone into their worst level post Uri-attack considered as the deadliest in a decade.
As a befitting reply, Indian army had conducted a surgical strike in the terrorist launchpads in Pakistan by crossing the LoC.India backed off from SAARC summit along with Bangladesh,Bhutan,Nepal and Afghanistan to isolate Pakistan strategically after the Uri attack.
Pakistan sponsored militants were blamed for the tensions along the border and Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Islamabad the “mothership of terrorism”.