Ahead of Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to the Attari border, the Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered a bomb from near the joint border check post, the venue for the retreat ceremony.
Rajnath is scheduled to visit the Attari border on March 22 (Sunday). Besides attending the golden jubilee function of the BSF, the minister will also lay the foundation stone of the expansion of the visitors’ gallery at the border.
BSF officials said it was an old bomb and was diffused by the bomb disposal squad. Talking to HT, BSF deputy inspector general MF Farooqui said: “The bomb was spotted by labourers engaged in the construction of a tourism department building near the fence on Sunday. The bomb disposal squad of the BSF diffused it on Monday.”
The DIG said: “We have examined all elements and there is no threat in the area. It was an old bomb.” Following the recovery, the BSF has heightened the vigil in the area.
A large number of tourists visit the joint check post to witness the retreat ceremony every evening. Recently, a pistol was recovered from a visitor during the ceremony.
WAGAH BORDER BOMB BLAST
More than 60 persons were killed in a powerful blast set off by a suicide bomber on the Pakistan side of the joint check post in November last year. The blast took place close to the Pakistan’s visitors’ gallery. Since then, the BSF has been maintaining high vigil in the area and is keeping an eye on the visitors and vehicles moving towards the border. The Punjab police have also stepped up security in the area after the blast.