Security up in border areas

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PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 27

Leaving no chance for any lapse, the Police Department is on its toes to foil any misadventure from across the border. There were rumours that terrorists have crossed over to the Indian territory from Pakistan border, but the police have termed these are mere rumours. However, the security has been beefed up.

Senior police officials have been camping in the border zone and Naunihal Singh, IG, border range, has been supervising the security arrangements. Senior officials, including SSPs of the districts, have been visiting the borders areas and reviewing the security arrangements on a daily basis.

Bulletproof bunkers have been established while bulletproof vehicles with light machine guns have been stationed at vulnerable points.

“The police teams have also been equipped with night vision devices and sophisticated weapons. Bulletproof jackets have also been provided to cops,” said a police official preferring not to be named. The police presence has been enhanced along the border belt and special nakas are being put up.

Not only the police force has been strengthened by adding additional force to the police stations which are vulnerable due to their proximity with the international border, but also the police presence increased by putting up nakas at vulnerable points along the border, the police said.

Recently, Additional Deputy General of Police HS Sidhu visited the border areas and passed necessary instructions to the officials concerned.

During monsoon when the water increases in the riverine areas, the chances of infiltration from across the international border increase manifolds. Following the deadly terrorist attack in Dinanagar area in July two years ago, it was alleged that the infiltrators came from across the border.

Though the Border Security Force took a number of measures to seal all the vulnerable points at the border fence, especially in the river belts, the Punjab government at that time had also decided to take some drastic measures to upgrade the security system and consolidate the second line of defence.

Police officials identified various susceptible points at the border fence, especially along Ravi belt. The river flows in and out of the Indian territory through a number of points. The barbed fence gets damaged at these points due to the flow of the river, leaving a number breaches in the fence which could possibly be exploited by Pakistan-based terrorists and smugglers.

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