Chandigarh: Following the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC, the Punjab government has ordered the evacuation of villages in a 10-km belt along the border with Pakistan.
The union home ministry Rajnath Singh today directed the Punjab government to get the border villages evacuated.
Local authorities announced to people living near the villages close to Pakistan border to leave their homes and villages and move to safer zones.
All schools and other institutions in the border belt have been ordered to close by the authorities.
Punjab’s border districts include Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Abohar and Fazilka. The state shares a 553-km border with Pakistan.
According to sources, the Border Security Force (BSF) was mobilising its troops and strengthening the security along the border belt.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Thursday evening.