Shelling from Indian forces caused spots of wildfires near the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in the border village of Chakothi in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Monday, leaving local residents frightened and stranded in their homes following an exchange of fire between both sides.
Artillery fire between the neighbouring countries was exchanged near the Line of Control on Monday, having allegedly hit some civilian targets. Footage filmed in the Chakothi Pandu sector shows spots of fires occurring on the nearby hills that surround the area together with smoke bellowing out from them.
"For people here there is too much harassment, that is the reason we are stranded in our houses. Because the Indian shelling can target us at any time, this is our biggest risk right now," said Kamran, a local shop keeper.
Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir has been on lockdown since August 5 when India stripped the region of its autonomous status by revoking article 370 of the Indian constitution. A curfew has been imposed as well as restrictions on travel, communications and movement. The move sparked outrage in Pakistan, which responded by cutting off diplomatic and economic ties with India.