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Rajasthan: Flight operations at Jaisalmer airport suspended; CM Gehlot calls urgent meeting

The Jaisalmer airport has been closed for the public keeping in view the safety of passengers. A high alert has been sounded at Jaipur airport also.

| Updated:
February 27, 2019 3:30 pm
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Jaipur: Flight operations at the Jaisalmer airport were temporarily suspended on Wednesday in the wake of the prevailing conditions on the Indo-Pak border. The Jaisalmer airport has been closed for the public keeping in view the safety of passengers. A high alert has been sounded at Jaipur airport also.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called an urgent high-level committee meeting to discuss security arrangements in the border areas of Rajasthan. Leaves of government employees have been canceled.

Several passengers were stranded after the flight operations were suspended suddenly on Wednesday. The prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been imposed.

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.

There were reports of tension and an increase in deployment on the Pak side of the border in the aftermath of aerial strikes by IAF.

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 aircraft flew back after they were intercepted by Indian jets. IAF shot down a Pakistani fighter aircraft in Indian retaliatory fire, said sources.

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
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