Panic has gripped Jammu and Kashmir after the state disaster response force (SDRF) issued an advisory on what to do in case a nuclear, biological or chemical war breaks out in the state.
The advisory has come following the recent tension on the Line of Control after Pakistani troops brutally killed two soldiers of 13 Rajputana Rifles in Mandhar sector.
“Construct/identify basements in your residence where the whole family can stay for a fortnight (before nuclear war). In case no basement is available in the open space in front of your house
construct bunkers as in conventional war (as some protection is better than no protection)”, said the advertisement issued in local newspapers by Yoginder Kaul, inspector general of police (civil defence, SDRF and home guards).
“If in open during nuclear attack, a person should immediately drop to ground and remain in lying position. Protect eyes and face by covering it with hands. Protect ears with fingers to prevent ear drum rapture. If blast wave does not arrive within five seconds of the flash you were far enough from the ground zero and initial radiation exposure will not exceed 150 rads”.
In case of biological warfare, the SDRF has asked people not to allow open pools/collection of water in surrounding areas. IGP civil defence, SDRF and home guards have tried to play down the issue saying the advisory is a routine exercise aimed at creating awareness among the people about the disasters whether natural or man made.
“This is part of our awareness programme. We have issued advertisements about other disasters like earthquake, snowstorm flood, etc before that. In the second part we issued this advisory. It is a routine exercise,” Kaul said.
The Hurriyat Conference threat-ened to launch an agitation if the UN succumbs to New Delhi’s pressure and disbands UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan even as J&K CM Omar Abdullah asserted that the group has failed to resolve the tensions along the LoC. “There is no chance of winding up UNMOGIP and in case there is any move we shall take to streets,” moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwiaz Umar Farooq told DNA.