Army starts aerial surveillance of National Highway 1-A in Jammu

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Jammu, Aug 8 (UNI) The Army has started aerial surveillance of Pathankot-Jammu-Srinagar National Highway 1-A to ensure uninterrupted supplies to Kashmir, GOC IX 'Rising Star' Corps Lt Gen Vinay Sharma today said.

While briefing reporters on the current situation in Jammu, Lt Gen Sharma said the Army has commenced aerial surveillance after a few incidents of brief disruptions by the protesters on the national highway.

Recalling figures, Lt Gen Sharma said, ''About 1,150 vehicles used to ply on the national highway before agitation in Jammu, which declined on August 1-2. But after the Army was called in, traffic is again smooth and over 400 vehicles are moving to and from Kashmir valley daily.'' ''Our objective is to keep the communication channels i.e. roads and railway lines open at all cost,'' the GOC said.

Lt Gen Sharma, however, said, ''There is no 'economic blockade' as such and logistics are moving on the highway.'' In his appeal to people for peace, he also warned protesters that the Army would act sternly if in any case they attempt to damage government property or disrupt communication channels.

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