Gurdaspur attack: Security at Ranjit Sagar Dam beefed up

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2015 22:02 IST

After the Gurdaspur terrorist attack, the security at Ranjit Sagar Dam and its adjoining areas has been beefed up.

Police have deployed two additional companies for the project that shares its boundaries with Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh from two sides.

The 13-km Ranjit Sagar Dam lake is spread in the three states, while a vital part of the lake shares its banks with many villages of J&K from where locals come to this side daily in small boats.

The stretch along the dam lake falling in J&K is considered an easy route for anti-social elements due to the thin population living on that side, police say.

"We have started a combing operation in the area and our J&K counterparts are taking care of their area," claimed Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal, when asked about the steps the police had taken for the sensitive area.

He said, "We have been provided six additional companies by the state after the Gurdaspur attack. As we had earlier three companies, now we have adequate force of nine companies. Though two companies were guarding the dam, two companies of police would provide additional help to guard the dam and surrounding areas, which include Shahpur Kandi, Sujanpur and other villages," he claimed.

"We are exchanging information with our J&K counterparts on a daily basis and high-level meetings with senior officials of the army, BSF and police have been increased," he said.

Meanwhile, RL Mittal, executive engineer of the dam, claimed that besides the internal security the police were guarding the dam round the clock.

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