Amritsar: Following the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, the centre government has directed to vacate the area around 10 km in Punjab from the border line. The central ministry directed the local administrations to implement the orders at the earliest.
Punjab PM held an immediate meeting and later issued evacuation orders after the centre urged to immediately evacuate about 1,000 villagers near the border.
With the Indian army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads along Line of Control (LoC), resulting in significant casualties, on Thursday, Punjab villages near the Internation Border (IB) have been told to evacuate, an official from the district administration confirmed to Hindustan Times.
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.
Border Security Force (BSF) has put the IB on further alert after the surgical strikes. Along with deployment of more forces along the border, the BSF has restricted movement for the evening retreat ceremony.