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Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, January 22, 2013
Amid tension along the Line of Control over the recent killing of soldiers, the J&K government on Monday came out with a list of dos and don’ts for the public in case of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.

The “routine awareness” drive attracted criticism from some quarters for adding to the sense of insecurity.

“Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons are doubted to be in existence in the international field,” said advertisements by the state disaster response force (SDRF) in local newspapers in Srinagar.

The notification asks people to construct basements with toilets, stock non-perishable food items, put black paper on doors and windows in case of a nuclear war. It lists precautions for each category of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.

“It’s unfortunate to issue such notification at a time when war hysteria, fanned by the media, is ruling the psyche of people here,” said Shakeel Qalander of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, a civil society group.

Yoginder Kaul, inspector general of police, SDRF, however, said the advertisements had nothing to do with the happenings on the border.