Underscoring the fact that the porous India-Nepal border remains a major concern for the security agencies, the Intelligence Bureau on Monday sounded an alert that terrorist groups might cross into Uttar Pradesh from the Himalayan nation to hit select targets on the eve of Independence Day.
Inspector general of police (law and order) RK Vishwakarma said the superintendents of police of all the border districts -Maharajganj, Siddharthnagar, Balrampur, Shravasti, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri and Pilibhit - and others have been told to step up vigil, monitor the activities of suspicious persons and strengthen the security of vital installations.
Already, the security of three shrines at Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi, besides the Taj Mahal and Narora atomic plant, has been been beefed up.
Commando teams were deployed at select spots too, he said.
At the same time, Vishwakarma said it was very difficult for the police to keep watch on the people crossing the porous border as a Nepalese visiting India does not require passport or visa and vice-versa.
Besides, since Indians and Pakistanis looked similar, a Pakistani could slip into India through India-Nepal border and return after carrying out a strike here, he said.
The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) deployed on India- Nepal border has been also directed to watch the activities of antisocial elements.
Talking to HT, IG, SSB, Avinash Chandra said the jawans were directed to carry out intensive routine checks on the border.
Asked about measures being taken to identify the former militants coming to India from Pakistan via Nepal under the Jammu and Kashmir government’s rehabilitation policy, Chandra said the SSB was in touch with the intelligence agency of Jammu and Kashmir for the identification of the Kashmiris crossing the border.
Pakistan has been pumping fake Indian currency into Uttar Pradesh through the ISI agents active on the international border. Recently, the Special Task force nabbed fake currency racket kingpin and ISI operative Imran Ahmed Teli aka Aftab in Lucknow on July 26.
He told the police that a large number of Pakistanis were involved in the fake currency and gun-running racket on the border.