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Rajasthan: Commercial flights put on hold in border areas; rumours of evacuation cause panic

Rumours spread in bordering areas in Jaisalmer district that BSF is planning to evacuate people from villages. However, BSF officials made it clear that only the high alert has been sounded. No measures to evacuate the nearby villagers have been taken.

February 27, 2019, 12:28 pm

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Jaipur: In the aftermath of the aerial strike carried out by IAF on terrorist camps in PoK, the security measures have been beefed up at the bordering areas of Rajasthan including Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner, and Sriganganagar. The Border Security Force is on high alerts and prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been imposed. Many commercial flights have been put on hold. Meanwhile, panic gripped nearby villages of the Sriganganagar area when the locals reportedly heard explosions on Wednesday morning. As per the locals, they spotted aircrafts. The Indian fighter aircraft also took off to ensure the safety of the villagers. Rumours spread in bordering areas in Jaisalmer district that BSF is planning to evacuate people from villages. However, BSF officials made it clear that only the high alert has been sounded. No measures to evacuate the nearby villagers have been taken. Security measures at the Jaipur and other airports in the state have been beefed up. The security forces in the bordering areas have asked villagers to report any suspected person or activity immediately. Many passengers planes were not allowed to take off from Sri Ganganagar airport. According to the sources, Pakistani jets violated the Indian airspace in bordering areas of Nowshera sector in J&K’s Rajouri district. No causalities have been reported yet. As per the Indian officials, the Pakistani aircrafts flew back after they were intercepted by Indian jets. Also, as per the officials the IAF shot down the Pakistani fighter aircrafts in Indian retaliatory fire. ANI reported, Pakistan Air Force's F-16 that violated Indian air space was shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 2 km with Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector. As many as 12 Air Force Mirage jets dropped 1000 kg bombs on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) at around 3:30 am on Tuesday. The targets were terror camps and launch pads of Jaish-e-Mohammad among other terrorist groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

First published: February 27, 2019