After fresh intelligence input, security in Indo-Pak buses, train beefed up

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2014 22:32 IST

Amid heightened security at the Indo-Pak border after the high-intensity blast on the Pakistani side, security agencies are on their toes yet again as buses and trains between the two nations are under threat, according to an intelligence input received by the police.

Police, along with other security agencies, have got together to further secure the buses and the Samjhauta Express travelling between the two countries.

Not only the train, but the Indo-Pak buses will also see heightened security as police have added armed guards to them. Top police officials and other higher-ups had a detailed meeting at Attari on Saturday to look into strengthening the security of buses and the Samjhauta Express.

Confirming the same, SSP Amritsar (rural) Jasdeep Singh said, “There was an input of probable terrorist strike and buses and trains could be the next target. Not taking this input lightly, we immediately reviewed the security arrangements and have decided to increase the vigil and security setup.”

Singh informed that a DSP-level officer had been deployed with the buses and vigil had been raised throughout the route. More armed guards have also been added to both Pakistani and Indian buses.

A meeting was also called to look into the security of the Samjhauta Express. The SSP added that the GRP as well as the railway police will add force to maintain high levels of security.

The Samjhauta Express travels between the neighbours every Monday and Thursday while the Amritsar-Lahore and Delhi-Lahore buses commute at least four times a week.

The high-intensity blast that rocked the border on the Pakistani side last month and killed many had put security on high alert on the Indian side.

Apart from the BSF, police have also put in its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) contingent to keep a close eye on the area outside the venue of the retreat ceremony as well as the approach road to the border.

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