A day after the Youth Congress stopped the Delhi-Lahore bus for 25 minutes to protest Pakistan's killing five Indian soldiers in Poonch sector, the coach's security was increased on Saturday.
As soon as the Pakistani bus travelling from Delhi to Lahore crossed the Beas Bridge to go on towards the Attari border, the Amritsar rural police team, which had failed to keep protestors at bay on Friday, showed the urgency to take it under protection. Stationed along the route, it held traffic at key locations to let it pass safely, escorted by more than 15 security vehicles.
The more than 250 policemen on security duty included 10 station house officers (SHOs), 30 assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and sub-inspectors (SI), 195 constables and head constables, three superintendents of police (SPs) and two deputy superintendents of police (DSP). After Friday's embarrassment and question mark on the intelligence network, the police on Saturday did not take any chances.
Until the situation becomes normal, the high alert will continue and all the buses plying between the two countries will be guarded closely. For security reasons, their routes have also been changed a bit. "The safety of the passengers is important," said DSP Sukhwinder Singh, who mobilised the force on the Amritsar-Attari road. Nearly 25 passengers were on board the bus that crossed Amritsar around 4pm.