Punjab: BSF allows farmers on border to work on their land for fixed hours

| Monday, October 3, 2016 - 23:30
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BSF allows farmers on the India-Pakistan border in Punjab to work on their land

New Delhi: While fear and panic gripped the country’s border regions after the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC), farmers in border regions are worried that they would not be able to harvest their crops in time. Many villages near Pakistan border have been evacuated.

Amid the tension, the Border Security Force on Monday allowed farmers with farming land on the India-Pakistan border in Punjab to work on their land for fixed hours.

The farmers were reportedly kept from accessing their farming land owing to the recent tension on the border.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday assured that farmers in the state's border belt with Pakistan would be allowed to harvest their paddy crop. The chief minister's office said that matter was discussing with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh so that necessary directions are issued to BSF and other security agencies to allow border area farmers to harvest their crop.

Indian armed forces were put on high alert in Punjab and neighbouring states to counter any escalation of the situation following the latest developments at the LoC.

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