Amid terror threats, police enhances security at Bhakra Dam
Police on Thursday beefed up security at the country's biggest multi- purpose Bhakra-Nangal dam located on the Himachal-Punjab border, amid fresh threats of a terror strike. Terror threats to the dam had cropped up during a high-level intelligence meeting held at the state police headquarters.punjab Updated: Dec 12, 2013 19:53 IST
Police on Thursday beefed up security at the country's biggest multi- purpose Bhakra-Nangal dam located on the Himachal-Punjab border, amid fresh threats of a terror strike.
Terror threats to the dam had cropped up during a high-level intelligence meeting held at the state police headquarters. The meeting, presided by director general of police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar was attended by officials of the central intelligence agencies and crime investigation department.
Intelligence bureau (IB), after evaluation of the security threat, had submitted a report to the state police. Sources told Hindustan Times that there are reports about militant groups regrouping in Punjab to strike the dam.
Intelligence inputs have also been shared with Punjab police, and it has been asked to beef up security along the state border. IB emphasised on increasing checks on vehicles passing by the dam's premises- an aspect found lacking by its officials on a supervisory visit to the dam.
Security at the Bhakra Nangal Dam was also heightened two years ago, after intelligence agencies had intercepted a terror threat by Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar- e- Taiba and Jamat-Ud-Dawa.
The reports at that time had said that Pakistani terror groups were planning a strike at the dam during monsoons when water level is highest, so as to cause maximum damage. Bhakra Nangal dam stores over 93,000 million cusecs of water. Reports had even suggested of a possible militant operation in which militants were being trained to scale the dam and swim underwater.
In the wake of the threat, the police has decided to increase the number of personnel manning the dam from Himachal side. Presently, there are about 80 police personnel deputed in Bhakra dam along Himachal's side.
"Terror threat to Bhakra Dam is not new. Security of the dam is reviewed whenever there are reports of threat," said Kumar, adding, "About 50 more police personnels will be deputed in addition to the existing security. Cops would be provided with the latest weapons and gadgets to keep vigil."
A few months back, a low-flying chopper had strayed into the high security zone of the dam setting the alarm bells ringing for the cops. Inquiries revealed that the chopper had been hired by Gas Authority of India limited to conduct a survey in the area.