Border villagers in Indian Occupied J-K, Punjab asked to shift to safer places

People living within 10 kms of the border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have been asked to shift to safer places and schools ordered to be shut till further notice.

The ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab has also been closed for public today, officials said.

“We have asked border villagers living along IB and LoC to shift to safer area as a precautionery measure,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh told PTI.

All people living within 7 to 8 kms of India-Pak border have been asked to move to safer areas and schools in 10 kms area to be ordered to close down till further notice, he said.

These directions have been passed on to people living along IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts and along LOC in Rajouri and Poonch, officials said.

The Punjab Chief Minister directed the DCs to identify suitable locations for setting up camps and ensure that none of the residents being evacuated was put to any sort of inconvenience, the spokesman said.

Badal also personally spoke to the Cabinet Ministers and MLAs concerned to camp in these border districts and keep close liaison with the district administration to ensure safe movement of residents.

He also directed the Chief Secretary to immediately release Rs one crore each to all the Deputy Commissioners of six border districts to meet any exigency.ilaqa

Meanwhile, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said border residents in Amritsar district have been asked to remain vigilant and prepare for any eventuality.

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