Post Wagah blast, BSF to rethink on day tourism

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 23:46 IST

After the suicide bombing at Wagah on the Pakistani side of the joint check post on Sunday evening, the Border Security Force (BSF) will rethink its proposal of starting day tourism at the border from November 10.

Confirming this, BSF inspector general (Punjab frontier) Ashok Kumar has said that "after the blast, circumstances have changed at the border". The force will have a meeting and study the situation before taking a decision in the next two or three days. To lessen the crowd pressure on jawans, the BSF had drawn up the day tourism plan.

Normally, the border opens for tourists around 4pm for the retreat ceremony. The plan was to allow them in between 11am and 3am as well to see the check post and surroundings; and go up to the Pakistan gates and border pillar.

Nearly 15,000 people arrive every day to witness the retreat, the lowering of India-Pakistan flags amid a high-voltage parade. It was becoming tough for the BSF to manage the crowds. After the blast, now security is the prime concern.

Visit to border pillar stopped days ago

Since the BSF had input about security threat to the Indian side of the retreat area, it had stopped people from approaching the border pillar days ago. At the pillar, Indian and Pakistani nationals can stand close; and the BSF thought it could be risky if a bomber sneaked in taking advantage of that.

ICP opens: 25 trucks enter India

The integrated check post (ICP) at the Attari border witnessed traffic again after a lull, as 25 trucks entered Indian from Pakistan on Wednesday. On Pakistani request, trade via the ICP was suspended after the suicide bombing at Wagah, since their area was sealed after the terror attack.

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