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SOURCE: The Pioneer

Pakistan’s strategic Raja Rani post, which India had captured in 1965 war but was later returned, suffered heavy damages in retaliatory shelling by Indian Army along the Line of Control opposite Shahpur sub sector of Poonch late Sunday evening. Majority of bunkers constructed in and around Raja Rani post suffered heavy damages and atleast  four Pakistani officers and soldiers were reportedly injured in the heavy exchange of firing.

Thick blanket of smoke was seen billowing out from the hills shortly after Indian army retaliated strongly.

According to official sources, “Pakistani post Raja Rani suffered heavy damages and at least 4 Pakistan army officers were grievously injured in the retaliatory strikes by the Indian army late Sunday evening”. Besides, several other military structures of Pakistan army were demolished in heavy exchange of shelling across the line of control.

Earlier, Pakistan army had initiated ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violation along the line of control in  Shahpur and Qasba sectors in Poonch district around 4.00 pm.

One local villager identified as Jamal Din of Qasba village received splinter injuries when mortar shells landed in civilian areas. The injured civilian was referred to Government Medical college hospital in Jammu from Poonch.

Defence PRO in Jammu said,  “Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation around 4.00 pm by firing of small arms and shelling mortars along the LoC in Shahpur and Qasba sectors”. He said, Indian army retaliated befittingly.

According to ground reports, intermittent firing in the forward areas of Poonch was going on till 10.00 pm Local villagers remained stranded inside their homes in the forward villages till late evening.