Immediate evacuation ordered in Punjab villages in 10 km radius from IB

New Delhi: Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Ranbir Singh salutes after the Press Conferences along  with External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup,  in New Delhi on Thursday. India conducted Surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday night. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete (PTI9_29_2016_000022B) *** Local Caption ***

With the Indian army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads along Line of Control (LoC), resulting in significant casualties, on Thursday, Punjab villages near the Internation Border (IB) have been told to evacuate, an official from the district administration confirmed.

Amritsar DC Varun Roojam conducted a meeting to discuss the further plan of action following orders of the evacuation within a 10 km radius from the IB.

Messages have been conveyed to village sarpanches and local officers to start the evacuation process as soon as possible.

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Border Security Force (BSF) has put the IB on further alert after the surgical strikes. Along with deployment of more forces along the border, the BSF has restricted movement for the evening retreat ceremony.