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Independence Day preparations in Amritsar: Police tighten security in border areas

WELL PREPARED Police are setting up special nakas, additional cops are being deployed in sensitive areas, tourist spots

punjab Updated: Aug 13, 2017 13:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Police personnel checking a vehicle ahead of Independence Day near the Attari Border in Amritsar on Saturday.(HT Photo)

As people are all set to celebrate the 70th Independence Day on August 15, security has been tightened in and around Amritsar, especially in the border region. The roads leading to border areas are being guarded closely, special nakas have been set up on all key roads going towards the Attari and other important areas.

The police have started a special drive in which vehicles are being checked and raids are being conducted at all possible hideouts of the suspects. Police is holding nakas at night. Custom-made bulletproof tractor of the Punjab Police has been positioned at the main Attari Road. The Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the Punjab Police is also keeping a close eye on the second line of defence, along the border.

When contacted, senior superintendent of police (SSP rural) Parampal Singh said, “The security set up has been heightened in the border areas for the Independence Day. Special nakas are put in place and a close eye is being kept during the night time.” The SSP further added that extra troops have also been brought in from other districts to strengthen the security set up along the border areas.

Notably, more police personnel have been deployed in the border areas since past some time, especially after the attacks in Pathankot and Dinanagar. Punjab Police have heightened the surveillance and added more equipments in the border sectors from Pathankot to Amritsar.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened and special nakas have been put in place in Amritsar as well. In the Civil Lines area vigil has been heightened and additional cops have been deployed near the sensitive areas and the tourist spots.

First Published: Aug 13, 2017 13:31 IST