New Delhi: A high alert has been sounded in the border districts of Gujarat and Punjab in the wake of the non-military pre-emptive strike by the Indian Air Force in Balakot targeting the biggest terror camp of Jasih-e-Mohammed, said reports on Tuesday evening. (Also read: Govt Convenes All-party Meeting, IAF Gets Thumbs up For Anti-terror Operation) Also Read - Chandigarh Lockdown Update: Sunday Lockdown Lifted, Night Curfew To Remain in Force From 10:30 PM to 5:00 AM
According to PTI, Gujarat’s Director General of Police Shivanand Jha cancelled a conference on crime-related issues in Gandhinagar and asked all officers to return to their respective headquarters instead. Also Read - Alert Staffer at Ahmedabad Airport Finds Bag With USD 750, Returns it to Passenger
In Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is likely to visit the border areas from Pathankot to Ferozepur by road tomorrow. He has also ordered a series of measures to ensure the state is prepared to deal with any contingency. Also Read - Check Latest COVID-19 Travel Guidelines For Assam, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab And West Bengal
He has also held a high-level law and order review meeting where they decided against any move to evacuate the residents of the border areas yet. Reports quoted Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral as saying that the CM has directed officials to monitor the situation and not let their guard down under any circumstances.
The state government was also in touch with the Union Home and Defence ministries.
The Gujarat Police has also sounded a high-alert across the state. “In view of the action on terrorists across the border by IAF, all establishments have been put on high alert,” a message from DGP Jha’s office to the district headquarters said. “The conference scheduled for today here at this office stands cancelled and all officials are requested to return to their headquarters,” it said.
In Maharashtra, the state Assembly congratulated the IAF for carrying out strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan and a resolution lauding the force was passed unanimously. “We feel proud of our armed forces which did not allow martyrdom of our jawans to go in vain. We proved our might,” PTI quoted CM Devendra Fadnavis as saying.
Meanwhile, the situation was largely peaceful along 190 km-long International Border (IB) in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts though later in the day, there were reports of ceasefire violation as well. “