The border security infrastructure in Punjab is likely to be overhauled in the aftermath of the Pathankot terror strike, the second infiltration by Pakistan-based terrorists in the state within last five months, sources told HT.
Border Security Force (BSF) chief DK Pathak reached Gurdaspur on Tuesday to assess the situation. Punjab shares 560-km long border with Pakistan.
“The preliminary assessment is that the border fence has become weak at some places. There is less than adequate deployment of troops at some points on the Indo-Pak border, especially at the riverine area which is more prone to infiltration and where regular fencing is not possible.
Besides, there is problem of wild boars in some of the bordering districts in Punjab. Wild boars keep digging below the fence, making small passages which also weaken the structure,” said a senior government official, requesting anonymity.
There is a concrete base below the fence at most places and the BSF would be asked to ensure the same at all places in order to strengthen it, added the official.
It is suspected that six terrorists entered India on the intervening night of December 30 and 31, somewhere in the Gurdaspur district along the Ujjh river, carrying out multiple attacks. Before that, on July 27, three suicide attackers had also entered the country, taking an almost similar route to attack a bus and police building in Dinanagar.
The BSF has been asked to give details of areas from where the terrorists may have entered India. “There were few issues that we have noticed and immediate steps are being taken to address them in order to strengthen the security at border,” said a BSF official, requesting anonymity.