Three days after the terror attack at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, Punjab Police have ordered police commissioners and senior superintendents of police in the state to secure all important vital installations, including police stations, police installations and buildings, in their areas.
They have issued a letter to them to take preventive measures in view of the security of such installations. They have been asked to make sure that light machine guns (LMGs) were available at police stations with sufficient ammunition.
Hand grenades and grenade launchers should be available along with handlers in their jurisdictions and their checking of expiry date should be ensured.
The bullet-proof morchas or sand bag morchas should be set up in each and every police station. The bomb disposal and anti-sabotage checking equipment, along with handling teams, should be ready to reach the venue of the incident at short notice.
They have been ordered to carry out joint checking of railway stations, bus stands, crowded places and busy markets at regular intervals. Security around educational institutes, malls, hotels and religious places should be increased, it says.
In-charges of special branches have been asked to gear up the branches with staff to collect valuable information in coordination with the CID unit. Round-the-clock checking of vehicles at entry and exit points from different points in their jurisdictions must be ensured.
The stock-taking of all arms and ammunition should be conducted, and if found deficient, it should be made good and sufficient in consultation with senior officers.
A senior police officer said the terror attack on the police station is an eye-opener and the intelligence agencies still believed that terrorists might strike again, that’s why the authorities had issued the advisory.
The officer said they had already held a meeting with all station house officers and members of other forces to chalk out plans about joint checking of hotels, malls, hospitals, railway stations and bus stands in the coming days. He said surprise checking would be held at various places to keep a check on unscrupulous elements.