Special 60 to guard Ludhiana in case of terror strike

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2015 10:38 IST
Commissioner of Police, Parmraj Singh Umranangal addressing the media in Ludhiana on Sunday August 9, 2015. (Photo by Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

After joining as police commissioner of Ludhiana, Paramraj Singh Umranangal and deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargava have formed a team of 60 trained police personnel to cope up in case of a terrorist attack.

It has been stated that the team will move in six separate vehicles and can reach anywhere in the city within 10 minutes for combat. The team will be armed with Light Machine Guns (LMGs), binoculars, long-range arms and assault rifles.

The police commissioner has also stated that as the Independence Day is approaching, the police have stepped up security in the city. He added that after Dinanagar and Udhampur terror attacks, a high alert has been sounded in the country.

He added that some satellite phone signals were received near Ludhiana and Banga in Jalandhar. The Army and the police had searched the area for three days, but found nothing. The police commissioner said it is possible that some NRI possessed the satellite phone. He might have switched it on for once and immediately after that, he might have switched it off.

Special checks for city

The police have made special security plans for the city. An LMG-mounted vehicle has been stationed at an octroi post on Ferozepur Road. The police have also seized other entry points of the city in association with the armed forces. As the old city area is narrow, the police will start patrolling in those areas and deploy PCR motorcycles there. CCTV cameras will be installed in the entire city under Safe City Project.

Action against miscreants and snatchers

The Police Commissioner said the police will hold checkpoints in inner parts of the city to deter snatching-like incidents. The police will go tough on over-loading on two-wheelers and vehicles sans number plates or those with incorrect numbers.

Counters for receiving complaints

The police will set up counters for receiving complaints at the police station-level. The staff will track the complaint on a computer network and will inform the complainant about the status of the complaint through SMSes and phone calls.

Investigation in dowry harassment cases

The police will thoroughly investigate a matter of dowry harassment before lodging an FIR. The police commissioner said in a number of cases, women have been found to involve members of the in-laws' family and their relatives in order to teach them a lesson. Some such complaints were found false. Instead of booking all the accused, the police will investigate and will then register a case against those found guilty.

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