In the wake of two consecutive bomb hoax calls, the Government Railway Police GRP personnel have intensified night patrolling on the railway track from Batala to Pathankot, Madhopur and Mirthal.
Pathankot GRP station house officer (SHO) Sukhdev Singh told Hindustan Times on Saturday that after the news of bomb hoax on the railway track near Dinanagar for consecutive two days — Thursday and Friday — the GRP had intensified their night patrolling. The patrolling teams had been assigned different beats and would cover a stretch of at least 5-5.5km each, said the SHO. He said the patrolling teams were using torch to detect anything suspicious on the track and also checking passengers’ language to ensure commuters’ safety.
However, the SHO said more force was required to back the GRP for the safety of passengers and the railway’s property.
Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Bakshi and Gurdaspur SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said they had always cooperated with the GRP and other railway forces to meet the challenges in difficult situations.
Bakshi and Toor assured the GRP that there was no need to worry about the passengers’ safety as the Punjab Police were readily available to the GRP.
The SSPs appealed to the people to report police or GRP immediately if they find anything suspicious lying on the railway track.
The Ferozepur railway control office had on consecutive day — Thursday and Friday — received calls that bombs were planted on the rail track near Dinanagar and they alerted Gurdaspur and Pathankot railway authorities to immediately stop the movement of trains.
And soon railway engineering department, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP), rail track caretakers and the Punjab Police from Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts swung into action. They searched the track for the bomb, but nothing suspicious was detected, and the rumour turned out to be hoax. On July 27, the day when three Pakistani terrorists attacked the Dinanagar police station, there were also reports that bombs were planted by the terrorists on the rail track near Dinanagar.
Miscreants added to the woes of the people of the area by planting batteries, toys and other things suspected for bombs at Gurdaspur and Qadian.