MS Nazki

Poonch, Dec 4 (GNS): Heavy forest fire amid land mine explosions has gripped areas along Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu Division.

Official sources told Srinagar-based news agency GNS that fire which started from other side of the LoC last evening has spread on this side of the fence. They said that it has engulfed a large area of Langoite Forward area and some other areas of Mendhar village.

“The Army authorities have sounded an alert while forest department staff has also cautioned the villagers living near the LoC. The fire has caused little damage to the fence and some other infrastructure,” said the sources.

The sources said that since 4 pm today, deafening sounds of explosions of land mines have rattled affected areas and it has created panic in the forward villages. The Army authorities on this side have been making efforts to douse the fire and keeping a vigil on infiltrators, they said. (GNS)