Srinagar: Punjab villages near the International Border (IB) have been told to evacuate, Hindustan Times reported. Amritsar DC Varun Roojam conducted a meeting to discuss further plan of action following orders of the evacuation within a 10 km radius from the IB.
Messages have been conveyed to village sarpanches and local officers to start the evacuation process as soon as possible.
In Pathankot, border evacuation was scheduled to start as transportation was being sent to border villages. The evacuated people would be lodged at gurdwaras and banquet halls.
Deputy commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh issued an order asking schools in nine zones along the IB and LoC to close “till further orders” as a “precautionary measure”.
In Uri, where it all started, sub-divisional magistrate Showkat Ahmad Rather said, “There is some fear among the residents but there is no panic. We have not shifted any residents from the villages closer to the LoC. The situation is calm.”
The cross-LoC trade went on smoothly.
“We hope it goes well tomorrow also,” said Farooq Ahmad Shah, custodian of trade facilitation center, Salamabad.