A high alert was sounded in Gujarat on Tuesday after a 'non military pre-emptive' strike carried out by India targetted training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot area in Pakistan. Director General of Police Shivanand Jha issued the high alert across the border districts of Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan even as all District Superintendents of Police and Range Inspector Generals of Police were asked to remain stationed at their respective headquarters.
Commenting on the situation, Jha said, "Three border districts -- Patan, Banaskantha and Kutch in particular -- have been put on high alert, with the Indian Air Force on high alert at its air defence systems across the western border with Pakistan."
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"Coastal districts have also been put on high alert," Jha stated.
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Addressing a public function at Kalawad town in Saurashtra region, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, "Gujarat is a border state and we are on high alert. We have put all the police personnel on duty and their holidays have been cancelled."
Gujarat shares a long international land and coastal border with Pakistan.
As a pre-emptive step, the state is seeking to prevent any infiltration attempts, especially through border districts of Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan.
(With agency inputs)