HP tightens security along its border with J&K

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 20:09 IST

After an alert by security agencies on the reported movements of terrorists close to Himachal Pradesh's border with Jammu and Kashmir, the state police has tightened security along its border in Chamba district.

Security agencies had alerted the Himachal Pradesh police about the terrorist activities in Doda and Kathua districts of neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir that shares its borders with Tissa, Kalaban and Satrundi sectors of Himachal Pradesh.

Director general of police Sanjay Kumar denied reports of terrorists infiltration in Himachal. “We had received alerts from the central reserve police force that some suspicious men dressed in military fatigue were seen somewhere in border areas,” said Sanjay Kumar, talking to Hindustan Times.

“Reports suggesting that terrorist were spotted near the Ravi river is totally untrue. The river is very far from the border areas,” said he, admitting that the security along the state border with Jammu and Kashmir has been increased following the intelligence inputs.

“Trails in the high mountain terrain have been plugged,” said he.

Himachal Pradesh shares about 220-kilometre of its boundary with militant-affected Doda and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The entire border with Jammu and Kashmir is manned by the sixth Indian Reserve battalion.

In the wake of melting of snow in the mountain passes, the police posts have been moved to high terrains.

Prior to 2012, the entire border with Jammu and Kashmir was manned by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

It was in 1998 that Pakistani trained militants had gunned down 35 labourers in two separate attacks at Kalaban and Satrundi in Chamba district. In response to two massacres, the Himachal Pradesh government had sought deployment of ITBP along its borders with neighbouring state.

Kumar here on Thursday informed the media that the state police had also upgraded security at the Bhakra Nangal dam. “In the wake of prevailing scenario in the country, the security at Bhakra Nangal dam has also been upgraded,” said he, adding that plans were afoot to install close circuit infra red cameras at vantages points in the state.

“Police would spend about Rs one crore to keep tabs on anti-social elements through the close circuit cameras in 27 places,” said he.

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