After inputs about possible terror attack on the Pakistan side of the Attari-Wagah border around Independence Day, the Border Security Force (BSF) sounded an alert here on Wednesday.
Besides stepping up security in the area, the BSF is deploying more personnel to keep vigil during the evening retreat ceremony.
“We are already extra vigilant ahead of Independence Day. After intelligence inputs from Pakistan, we have sounded an operational alert on Wednesday itself. We have also intensified checking of people visiting the daily ceremony,” said a senior BSF official.
Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority on Tuesday had written to the Punjab (Pak) home secretary about a terror outfit’s plan to target the parade at Wagah between August 13 and 15.
A suicide blast after the evening retreat had killed at least 60 Pakistan nationals in 2014.
IG reviews security at border posts
Inspector general (IG, border range) NK Arora along with Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal reviewed security at border villages of the district on Wednesday. After joining his new assignment, Arora is likely to meet BSF officials in his visit to the border posts, said sources.
Talking to HT, SSP Kaushal said Pathankot will soon have a company of the BSF in addition to seven companies of the Punjab Armed Police already deployed here. “The heightened security will help avert infiltration bids in the border district,” he said.
The SSP said police personnel are keeping a close eye on vehicles entering the state from neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir as well. (with inputs from Pathankot)