Will fortify second defence line along Punjab-Pak border: Sukhbir

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2016 20:33 IST
Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a press conference over militants attack at Indian Air Force base in Pathankotat on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Calling upon the Central government to increase the deployment of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel along the 553-km Punjab Pakistan border to curb intrusion, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the home minister, said the state government would fortify its second defence line using ultra-modern security gadgets and would also also deploy a commando battalion at all vulnerable points near the border.

Sukhbir, who interacted with mediapersons in Pathankot where he visited the civilian, Rajesh Kumar, injured in the terrorist attack condemned the attack and said it appeared to be the handiwork of forces against peace initiatives between India and Pakistan.

He also pleaded before the Centre to install scientific and intelligence gadgets along the fence at the international border.

“We are always on guard against terrorists and smugglers in the border belt, but more BSF personnel should be deployed for patrolling along barbed wire to control the intrusion,” he demanded urging the Centre to declare Punjab-Pak border as sensitive boundary.

Besides announcing the setting up of Police Lines, he announced that a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team would be stationed in Pathankot.

He added that Punjab Police had earlier successfully foiled the ghastly attack on Dinanagar police station by Pakistan trained suicide squads and had maintained constant vigil in the state.

“However, infiltration bids through rivulets along the border must be foiled by the forces at the helm of security at the international border with Punjab,” Sukhbir added.

Sukhbir also held a separate meeting with senior state police officers along with district administration and took stock of situation. He said the state police was on high-alert and the hard earned communal harmony and law and order situation would be maintained at all costs.

He said the state police chief had been asked to take all possible measures to ensure the safety and security of public in border belt, besides stepping up deployment in the area.

“Punjab Police have been extending full support to the army, the air force and other security agencies involved in the operation to neutralise the terrorists,” he said, while being flanked by IGP border range Lok Nath Angra, Pathankot DC Sukhminder Singh and SSP RK Bakshi.

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