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'Villages along Indo-Pak border not being evacuated'

December 25, 2008 00:20 IST

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The Border Security Force on Wednesday night denied having received any communication from the Centre to get villages in Rajasthan -- along the India-Pakistan border -- evacuated but said the paramilitary force was keeping a hawk's vigil.

"No communication has been received either by the BSF or the Rajasthan government for vacating any village along the border," BSF chief M L Kumawat told PTI. He denied media reports claiming that some villages in Rajasthan along the border had been evacuated in the wake of Indo-Pak tensions, following a communication from the Centre.

"Such reports are only designed to create panic where there is none," he said and added that he had spoken to Rajasthan Chief Secretary on the need to maintain calm.

About reports that Pakistan had allegedly amassed troops along the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan, Kumawat said, "The BSF is fully alert and is maintaining tight vigil along the border. There is no need to panic at all."

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