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Govt closes civilian airports near border in north India

New Delhi, Feb 27 : In view of the Indian Air Force (IAF) operations, eight civilian airports have been closed as precautionary measures, a senior government functionary said here on Wednesday.

The airports at Srinagar, Jammu, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Pathankot Adampur, Dehradun and Leh have been closed. All these airports are situated in the northern part of the country and being close to the international borders on western and northern part, are vulnerable.

Earlier, the security at the civilian airports was thoroughly reviewed in a high level meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

"The situation is little sensitive and Pakistan seems to be desperate to retaliate after the pre-emptive measures to destroy the terror camps in Pakistan by India on Tuesday," a source in the security setup said.

All international airlines, heading to Gulf countries and USA, have also been advised to carry extra-fuels and also to use the alternative air routes if needed.

The Indian Airline operators have been asked to suspend their flights to Pakistan.

The CISF, which guards the civilian airports in the country, has been asked to strengthen security mechanism at all airports.

The Srinagar airport is guarded by CRPF and they have been also instructed to recalibrate the security structure at Srinagar Airport.

The Centre has also asked the state governments to make arrangements for the passengers stuck at various airports. (UNI)