The Himachal government sounded a high alert in towns bordering Punjab after a suspected terrorist attack at a police station in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district on Monday. While condemning the attack, chief minister Virbhadra Singh appealed to area residents to immediately report any suspicious activity to the police. "Such cowardly and inhumane activities by terrorists won't be tolerated. This is an attack on the country and such heinous activities will be dealt with toughly," he added.
Expressing his grief over the death of those killed in the incident, he said the state police and administration had been instructed to maintain a strict vigil in the border areas.
"A high alert has been sounded in the districts bordering Punjab," director general of police Sanjay Kumar told this reporter. "Police stationed in border areas have been put on alert and extra personnel have been deployed with instructions to maintain a strict vigil on visitors entering Himachal Pradesh. The government has sounded a high alert in Kangra, Una and Chamba districts that border Punjab. Cops have been told to keep tabs on suspicious elements. Security agencies are also keeping a strict vigil at all public places," he added.
Over the past decade and a half over past the hill state has witnessed two vicious terror attacks. In the first-ever major terrorist incident militants gunned down 35 people in Kalaban and Satrundi villages in Chamba district that borders the terrorist-infested Doda area of Jammu on August 3, 1998. At least 11 others were injured in the attack. All the victims were members of the nomadic Gujjar community.
In January 2002 militants attacked an army team at a firing range in the Damtal forest area in Nurpur subdivision of Kangra district, killing two soldiers and injuring four others. Damtal has the last police post of Kangra district and is just near the border town of Pathankot, which has several security establishments.
In 2010 two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, Jamil Ahmed Wani and Ghulam Nabi, were arrested in Kotla village, 55 km from Dharamsala, after a police squad intercepted their vehicle near Kotla bridge. A Chinese made pistol and magazine was seized from their possession. Later it was revealed many criminal cases had earlier been filed in Jammu & Kashmir against both men who had been living in Kangra district for many years under assumed identities.