New Delhi: Amid fear and panic gripped the villages along the international border with Pakistan, balloons with messages written in Urdu were spotted in Ghesal village of Gurdaspur, Punjab on Saturday.

Some of the messages on pieces of paper attached on colour balloons referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It read, “Modiji, Ayubi ki talwaren abhi hamare paas hain. Islam zindabad.”

Days after Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Punjab government has ordered all schools falling within a distance of 10 km from the border be shut down, while the leaves of all officials in the border belt, including police, have been cancelled. Nearly 1,000 villages in the border belt have been evacuated so far.

The Indian Army, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) were put on high alert in Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and other border regions to counter any escalation.