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Beating retreat resumes at Attari

A day after being kept in dark by Pakistan over the beating retreat ceremony, BSF troops came back with full aggression to virtually outscore the Pakistani Rangers in the 15-minute drill that evoked enormous response from the jam-packed Indian galleries.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2014 00:34 IST
Aseem Bassi

A day after being kept in dark by Pakistan over the beating retreat ceremony, BSF troops came back with full aggression to virtually outscore the Pakistani Rangers in the 15-minute drill that evoked enormous response from the jam-packed Indian galleries.

The Attari border came back to life on Tuesday as thousands of Indian tourists packed the gallery, outnumbering Pakistan that had about half its seating area empty. Pakistan made a U-turn on Monday in which Pakistani Rangers organised the ceremony with huge aggression after keeping the BSF in the dark.

Backed by a huge public showing, the BSF jawans appeared charged, as they opened the border gates and stared at the Pakistani Rangers. It appeared that Monday's act was playing on the minds of Indian troops.

The scenes on both sides hardly indicated that the border had witnessed a high-intensity blast that killed over 60 persons just two days back.

The border was back to electrifying scenes as Indian tourists marched towards the gates with flag in hands. Music and dancing to the tunes of songs said it all.

High security in place on border

Not taking any chances with the security of the area, extra frisking of visitors was done and the entire gallery area was checked by a bomb squad.

Sniffer dogs and other security equipment were put in place to ensure that nothing went wrong.

Apart from cops in civil clothes, the police had also placed on duty its highly trained SWAT squad. Armed SWAT was seen in the ceremony area and also in the outer nakas, entry points and customs gates.