With threat looming large over Indo-Pak buses and the Samjhauta Express, a three-tier security system has been put in place to secure them from any kind of attack.
To review the security setup at the ground level, additional director general of police (ADGP, law and order) Dinkar Gupta visited Amritsar on Thursday and held detailed meetings with top cops, Border Security Force (BSF) officials, railway police and others concerned.
Sources claimed that there was threat from across the border and intelligence agencies were taking the input seriously.
After the bomb blast across the border earlier this month, security concerns on the Indian side have also risen tremendously.
A fresh intelligence input regarding the safety of the Samjhauta Express and buses commuting between the two nations had put the security agencies on high alert. A review of the arrangements at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) and the venue of the retreat ceremony was also conducted.
Giving details, IG border range Ishwar Chander said, “ADGP (law and order) had come to review the security arrangements. After detailed meetings, it was decided to put a three-tier security system in place for the Indo-Pak buses as well as the Samjhauta Express.”
The IG added that as far as the train was concerned, BSF, railway police force and Punjab Police would work in tandem to ensure its safety and security, while for the buses, a special weapons and tactics team (SWAT), commandos, BSF and Punjab Police would be put in place.
He said that as part of the exercise, the Punjab Police will secure the route through which the buses travel, till the border. The Amritsar–Lahore Bus, Amritsar–Nanakana Sahib bus and the Delhi-Lahore bus service shuttle between the two countries at least four times a week.
About thirty to forty police personnel will be deployed with the buses and escort vehicles travelling with them have also been increased.
The forces are also keeping a close eye on the retreat ceremony area and the ADGP has asked for an additional dog squad to be deployed inside the check post.
The BSF has put in place tight security arrangements for the retreat ceremony and the SWAT team of Punjab Police is deployed at important locations near the border.
Sources claimed that after the blast on the Pakistani side this month, agencies had received an input and the BSF had taken measures to beef up security.
During the day, DCP Bikram Pal Singh Bhatti, alongwith other police officials, visited the Indo-Pak bus terminal and looked into the security arrangements.