As the crucial night of Thursday passed off peacefully, the border residents expecting no retaliation from Pakistan now wish to return to their villages.
Even as security forces are not allowing people to return, those who remained back with their livestock are against vacating the villages, as they know the topography better and could help the army in case of any intrusion.
Sardar Singh, a resident of Simbal Sakol village on the zero line, said he’ll prefer to stay back to assist the armed forces.
Meanwhile, some more people arrived at camps, where the local administration and gurdwara committees are serving food and providing shelter.
Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal said his force is looking after the vacated village and residents moving to camps should not fear for their property.
PRINCIPAL SECY TAKES STOCK OF ARRANGEMENTS
Principal secretary, planning, SR Laddar on Friday visited Pathankot and adjoining areas to take stock of arrangements for the displaced residents.
He also visited some camps and asked officials to ensure all possible help, including health facilities, for them.
Earlier, Laddar chaired a meeting with the Pathankot administration, including deputy commissioner Amit Kumar. He asked the DC to seek help from the Chandigarh office if Pathankot had shortage of officers and vehicles.
“We will supply the required items including manpower,” said Laddar.
The DC said he is personally looking after round-theclock arrangements, including telephone lines. He said 20 buses ferrying people out of villages are being guarded by the police.