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Attari gatecrash: Probe ordered, BSF plans tougher security

Shocked by a Canadian NRI who broke all barriers at Attari on Monday and drove into Pakistan, the Border Security Force (BSF), apart from ordering an inquiry, has started planning to prevent another gatecrash.

punjab Updated: Nov 20, 2015 20:57 IST
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A file photo of BSF’s first female battalion soldiers patrolling along with India-Pakistan joint border fencing in Attari sector.
A file photo of BSF’s first female battalion soldiers patrolling along with India-Pakistan joint border fencing in Attari sector. (HT Photo)

Shocked by a Canadian NRI who broke all barriers at Attari on Monday and drove into Pakistan, the Border Security Force (BSF), apart from ordering an inquiry, has started planning to prevent another gatecrash.

Top BSF officers spent the entire Tuesday on the spot. After the assessment, BSF deputy inspector general (Amritsar sector) Sumer Singh said that until the inquiry was complete, it would be speculation to point out any reason for the security breach. Replying to a question, he said: “This has happened for the first time, and we are taking it very seriously. We are looking into how the security on this stretch (from Customs Gate to the zero line) can be tightened further.”

The BSF has increased deployment on the stretch at night and decided to install stronger barricades that can hold back a speeding car. On Monday, the NRI who crashed his Mahindra Scorpio car into the Pakistan gates, broke four Indian security barriers first.

Finding how the driver was able to reach the zero line through a highly sensitive zone is giving the BSF a lot of headache.

NRI has bipolar disorder, was unaware of security

NRI Surinder Singh (42), who crashed his SUV (sports utility vehicle) into the Pakistan border gates at Attari on Monday, is a patient of bipolar disorder and, if police are to be believed, he has done the crazy thing in the past as well.

The Canadian citizen who has been remanded in police custody for three days came to India on November 9 and was looking to cross over to Pakistan to visit the Nankana Sahib shrine, as he has told the cops. “Five to six years ago, he tried to drive through the Canada-US border as well, and was even jailed for some time,” Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh said here on Tuesday, adding: “The man is off his mental disorder medicine for the past week, which deteriorated his condition.”

Claiming that the Canadian embassy had been informed, the SSP said the NRI had been charged with attempt to murder (for trying to run a guard over) and illegal border crossing, and police are getting his medical history verified. The NRI from Ardhman village in Mehatpur police jurisdiction of Jalandhar district has reportedly told the police that he was unaware that it wasn’t an open border and would have tight security.

Police claim to have gathered that he is a matriculate and based in Canada for more than a decade. Asked if the police would consider being lenient with him in view of his health, the SSP said: “Only after going through all his medical record.” The NRI is reported to have left his village without informing his family.

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