Bathinda: Security beefed up in view of terror threats on 70th I-Day

  • Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 20:15 IST
Security beefed up in the region on Sunday. (HT Photo)

The security arrangements have been beefed up along the Indo-Pak international border in Ferozepur as well as Fazilka districts besides the local civil and army areas, keeping in view the terror threats on 70th Independence Day.

Noticeable here is that Pakistan security agencies had raised apprehension of terror attacks by Taliban suicide bombers at Wagha (Amritsar) and Ganda Singh Wala (Pak border adjoining to Hussainiwala in Ferozepur) nearing Independence Day.

Security agencies of India and Pakistan had held flag meetings recently to take preventive measures protecting public as well as security personnel during the celebrations of Independence of duo nations.

“Security agencies including BSF, police and army are not taking any chance, high vigilance and heightened security measures have been adopted to avoid any untoward incident,” revealed a security official pleading anonymity.

“The vigil along the 553km long border with Pakistan has been enhanced by BSF while a hawk’s eye is being kept on the movements of notorious elements who were earlier found to be involved into smuggling of contraband or arms from the other side of border,” disclosed another security official.

“The local (in India) contacts of anti-national elements across the border are major threat as the same can be easily exploited to assist in any possible terror activity so we are taking no chances,” he added.

“The entries of civil population into army areas in the region, on Sunday and Monday have been restricted as preventive security measures,” added official sources.

In the meantime, a contingent of Rapid Action Force (RAF) along with the local police held a flag march in Ferozepur led by DSP (City police)Vibhore Sharma, as per instructions of recently appointed Ferozepur SSP RKBakshi.

“We are ensuring minute to minute coordination with BSF, army and other security agencies while security has been beefed up in the civil as well as in the border areas,” quoted Narinder Bhargav, SSP Fazilka.

Meanwhile the district administration of Ferozepur and Fazilka has ensured all arrangements to celebrate the 70th Independence Day on Monday with great fervour. The cultural program will be presented by school students besides parade by representatives of security agencies.

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