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Security beefed up for Samjhauta, Pak airlines

punjab Updated: Aug 13, 2013 00:33 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times
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After the cross-border buses, the Samjhauta Express train to Pakistan has got extra protection in view of the tension on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

Police have also started patrolling the tracks before the train passes various locations. When the train reached the Attari railway station from Pakistan on Monday, they climbed on board quickly, and with the help of metal detectors and sniffer dogs, scanned each compartment and every kind of luggage.

"After tension mounted on the LoC, we received instructions to heighten the train's security," said inspector Gurdial Singh of the railway police. "From 14, we had to almost double the strength of the inspection team. We are checking every compartment comprehensively and patrolling the tracks also."

Even the customs department has started examining the luggage and the train more closely. Even otherwise, the Samjhauta Express is always under the scanner, as weapons and drugs have been seized from it in the past.

'Killings painful'; passengers want peace

Aisha, Pakistani national

People do get tense after incidents on the LoC. It is for the governments to ensure peace. We the common people can only pray that all remains well.

Prem Kumar, Pakistani national come from Balochistan to meet relatives. Even we feel bad that five Indian soldiers have lost their lives. Peace is the only way forward. Nothing will be gained from tension

Mohammad Arshad, Pakistani national

It is very unfortunate that tension has mounted between the two countries again. There is a need to get united and fight the forces that disturb peace

Mohammad Rafiq, Pakistani national After the coming of Nawaz Sharif to power, there is lot of hope that things will improve. Incidents such as this are painful but we need to move forward