Terror alert sounded in ‘soft target’ Batala
The industrial town of Batala was put on a high alert on Saturday, following intelligence inputs that it could be a soft target for terrorists after the deadly attack on the Pathankot airbase that left eight troopers dead.punjab Updated: Jan 09, 2016 21:28 IST
The industrial town of Batala was put on a high alert on Saturday, following intelligence inputs that it could be a soft target for terrorists after the deadly attack on the Pathankot airbase that left eight troopers dead.
Sources told HT that eight companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) were deployed in the town, more than 70 km from Pathankot, as the authorities called in Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and CRPF reinforcements.
Batala inspector-general, border range, Amritsar, Lok Nath Angra confirmed the alert but said it was a general warning.
Another senior police officer, who pleaded anonymity, told HT that all the sensitive areas at the Pakistan border along Dera Baba Nanak had been sealed, with eight new bunkers built.
“A special police team of 25 specially-trained cops laced with sophisticated weapons and night vision cameras have been deputed at the control room… they will act spontaneously in case of an untoward incident,” the officer said.
The officer said the town had been divided into three parts and additional police force was called from the rural areas to the headquarters.
“Instead of these, 124 personnel of the IRB and CRPF each have been deputed in the town to conduct patrolling in three shifts,” he said.
Batala SSP Daljinder Singh, along with paramilitary forces, also took stock of the situation in the city. He was no available for comment despite repeated attempts by HT.
There were also reports that the authorities had pressed drones into service after few city residents claimed to have sighted the UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The police, however, denied the reports.