Additional police force deployed in border districts
Punjab Police on Friday deployed additional forces across all districts bordering Pakistan, in a move that is aimed at beefing up the security while reducing the reaction time to tackle any emergency in wake of the Gurdaspur terror strike.
According to official sources, over 2,500 police personnel from Punjab Armed Police (PAP) battalions, India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and from the Commando battalions were rushed to Fazilka, Ferozepur, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.
The inspectors general (IG) of the zones and the senior superintendents of police (SSPs) concerned will deploy the additional force as per the local operational requirements.
While four companies of PAP were sent to Ferozepur, four companies of the commando battalions will be stationed in Fazilka district. Similarly, additional police personnel were sent to other border locations. The cops were also pulled out from training centres and will act as reserve force to meet any operational requirement.
"Not only police stations, but also there are several other vulnerable areas. The motive behind sending more police personnel to the border districts is to keep the force ready to meet any challenge. This is just a precautionary measure keeping in view developments such as terror attack, execution of Yakub Memon and the coming Independence Day," sources said.
For operational needs, the police have divided the state into four zones -- border zone, Patiala zone, Jalandhar zone and Bathinda zone; each zone is headed by an IG-rank police officer. The zones have further been divided into seven ranges. Punjab has eight PAP battalions, seven battalions of the IRB and five battalions of commandos.
Following Monday's terror strike, the entire force has been put on alert, while the strike force such as police commando battalions have been specifically sensitised to remain ready to move out of their barracks at a short span, whenever needed.