Even in Punjab, villages in the 10 kilometre radius of the Line of Control were evacuated. People were seen leaving their villages fearing an attack by Pakistan in retaliation to the surgical strike carried out by India.
Local authorities in Punjab used loud speakers to make the announcement regarding an evacuation. All schools and colleges in the border areas have been closed as a precautionary measure.
Home Ministry officials tell OneIndia that the country is fully prepared in case of any eventuality and the evacuation was just a precautionary measure.
The border areas have been placed under a state of maximum alert. Both the Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir government officials are in touch with the home ministry. The home ministry has advised the governments to get the border areas evacuated.
The Border Security Force has been mobilising its troops. Security has been heightened along the border. Further the BSF also cancelled the Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border. Tourists have been advised not to go towards Attari for the ceremony.