Following the terrorist attack at the Air Force station in Pathankot, the city has been put on high alert. The police have beefed up security in various public places and also stationed vehicle mounted Light Machine Guns (LMG) at the entry points of the city to deal with any untoward situation.
The Ludhiana police have sealed all the entry points to Ludhiana. Every vehicle entering the city is being checked. Besides, the security has also been enhanced at the city railway station and all the trains are being checked.
The officials say the security at the military areas has been also increased. Heavy security deployed near Baddowal ammunition depot and Halwara Air Force station by the Ludhiana rural police.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargav said, soon after the Pathankot attack, all local police officials were in the field. Besides setting up nakas at all the entry points, cops also patrolled the internal areas, he said.
The police checked various hotels and malls in the city and directed their security staff to check every person at the entrance. Checks were also conducted at the interstate bus terminal and busy market areas. Patrolling has been enhanced outside religious and educational institutes as well.
The DCP said the police already have companies of Punjab Armed Police (PAP) and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and no extra force was called.
At the railway station, the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) remained on their toes. The personnel checked all the trains coming from Amritsar and Jammu. Anti-bomb and sniffer dog squad also reached the station to ensure there were no harmful items on the tracks or platforms.