The Poonch-based cross-border Trade Facilitation Centre was damaged and the cross-LoC travel had to be suspended on Monday due to heavy shelling by Pakistan, which triggered a sharp reply from the Indian troops.

The Pakistani troops resumed the heavy mortar shelling and automatic weapon firing at 0640 hours on Monday after a lull of the ceasefire violation that began on Sunday, targeting the Indian posts and civilian areas near the Line of Control, said the defence spokesperson.

Source: b'The Poonch-based cross-border Trade Facilitation Centre was damaged and the cross-LoC travel had to be suspended/ Source: PTI'

"There was unprovoked firing by Pakistan Army in Poonch sector from 0640 hours today with 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons," said the defence spokesman adding the Pakistani onslaught was "befittingly" responded to.

"The Army took position and responded befittingly and an intermittent firing is on presently," he said, adding there has been no casualty on our side.

Summing up the effect of Pakistani shelling, a senior district administration officer said, "The travel on cross-LoC Poonch-Rawlakote bus service was suspended today as precaution due to the shelling by Pakistani troops."

Officer said the shelling also damaged the two-storey administrative block of Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Chakan-Da-Bagh area along LoC in Poonch, necessitating evacuation of the TFC officials to safety.

Source: b'This was the second ceasefire in the last 20 hours and the third one in four days/ Source: PTI'

This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Poonch district since Sunday and the third one in four days. 

On Sunday, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati sector along the LoC in Pooch district.

On March 9, Army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was martyred in an indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Pakistani soldiers at about 2 PM on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch sector. 

(Feature image source: PTI)