Inspector general of police (Border Range), Amritsar, Ishwar Chander on Wednesday claimed that the Punjab police were planning to provide Pathankot adequate police staff soon.
There is a shortage of staff in various departments, including the police department, after the split of Pathankot as a district from Gurdaspur.
Talking with Hindustan Times, the IG admitted that the town needed nearly two companies of police, for which a request had been forwarded to higher officials, as Pathankot shares its border with sensitive and militant-affected state Jammu and Kashmir from one side and Himachal Pradesh on the other, and thus, to man these borders more forces were required.
Regarding the safety of the Ranjit Sagar Dam Project, he said as many as 110 personnel from the Pathankot police had been provided to the mega project situated on the borders with J&K and Himachal, which furthers lessened the number of policemen for this district.
“Many of our boys are deployed in Madhopur, an entry point from J&K, and at Kathlore, another passage from Kathua, to check drug peddling and anti-social elements, that also strengthens the demand of more forces for this district,” said the IG.
On a question of drug-peddlers routing toward Himachal and addicts visiting neighboring states from Punjab, the IG said he had many rounds of discussion with his counterparts in Himachal and J&K over the issue and crackdowns had been done at several places.
Later, the IG inaugurated an LPG sales point in the Police Lines for hassle-free supply of LPG to police forces. This sale point is meant for the serving and retired police personnel, he claimed.
Pathankot deputy commissioner Sukhvinder Singh, who was also present on the occasion, said his office would remain opened for the help of the police personnel. He called on the policemen to be honest and polite while performing their duties.
Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal said the recent peaceful elections to the Pathankot municipal corporation and the Sujanpur nagar council were a result of teamwork between his officials and locals.
He urged the locals to inform police about any anti-social activity without fear to curb crime.