BSF increases vigil as Ravi swells

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Pathankot: Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol the border fence at Bamial border in Pathankot on Monday. The security has been beefed up in the wake of the recent attacks. PTI Photo (PTI1_4_2016_000243B)


Amritsar, August 6

With the water level of the Ravi river rising due to heavy rainfall in the hills, the Border Security Force (BSF) is on its toes to ensure that anti-national elements from Pakistan may not infiltrate into the Indian territory. The river enters and exits the country in a zig-zag manner and thereby damages the barbed fence. This gives ample gaps and space to the anti-national elements based in Pakistan to exploit the situation.

Punjab has witnessed two terrorist attacks and it is suspected that militants entered India through the river route. Cross-border smugglers also use this route to bring in narcotics.

A BSF official, preferring not to be named, said extra forces had been deployed while boat nakas had also been pressed into service to keep a round-the-clock vigil. “Any misadventure from anti-national elements from across the border will be dealt with strictly,” said the official. Besides, the BSF is working in association with the Punjab Police. Cops are being trained for handling sophisticated weapons besides sharing vital information. Joint nakas are being put up, he added.

Apart from this, the Punjab Police have also strengthened the second line of defence and augmenting the police force in the border range consisting of five police districts. Bullet proof vehicles have been pressed into service. Police officials have also urged people to them in case they observe any suspicious movement.

It is worth mentioning here that the police are on toes following intelligence inputs regarding attempts of infiltration. With Independence Day round the corner, the police are not leaving any stone unturned.

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