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Punjab Police boost second line of defence along Indo-Pak border

Heightened movement witnessed in border region with cops patrolling the area in LMG-mounted vehicles, and bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors deployed at various points

punjab Updated: Jul 23, 2017 09:29 IST
Aseem Bassi
An HT team that visited the region spotted hightened movement of police vehicles patrolling on roads leading to the border. At some places, newly acquired bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors are also stationed.
An HT team that visited the region spotted hightened movement of police vehicles patrolling on roads leading to the border. At some places, newly acquired bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors are also stationed. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Moving forward to strengthen the second line of defence along the India-Pakistan border, the Punjab Police have deployed additional force that is patrolling the area in light machine gun (LMG)-mounted vehicles, equipped with night-vision devices.

Sources said an alert has been sounded along the border recently.

Though the top police officials are silent over the alert, they assert the force is now fully prepared as a second line of defence and much more equipped to counter any challenge, as compared to its preparedness at the time of terror attack in Dinanagar two years ago.

The border belt from Pathankot to Amritsar is witnessing a sudden spurt in movement of the Punjab Police personnel these days. Additional director general of police (ADGP-border) Harpreet Singh Sidhu is currently on tour in the border region to inspect the security arrangements being put in place.

Other senior police officials, including inspector general (IG-border), deputy inspector general (DIG) and senior superintendents of police (SSPs) of border districts are also making regular visits to the border.

It is also learnt that security forces are on alert due to rainy season as anti-national elements may use water channels to sneak into the Indian territory.

An HT team that visited the region spotted hightened movement of police vehicles patrolling on roads leading to the border. At some places, newly acquired bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors are also stationed.

Talking to HT on the police preparedness as the second line of defence along the border, IG (border range) Naunihal Singh said, “We are fully prepared. We have bullet-proof Scorpios, tractors, night-vision devices and bullet-proof nakas. Also, additional police personnel have been deployed near the border. All the key establishments along the border are covered.”

He added, “We are also writing to the government for more additional forces that can be deployed in the border region to further strengthen the second line of defence.”

Asked if a specific alert has been sounded along the border, the IG said, “Alerts are often sounded in the border region. These alerts can be with regard to smuggling activities as well. ADGP (border) is himself visiting the area to see the police arrangements along the border.”

To a question, he said the Punjab Police are now definitely better equipped to take on any challenge than they were at the time of Dinanagar attack.

Notably, when the Dinanagar police station was attacked by heavily armed terrorists two years in July 2015, former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had said that the Punjab Police will prepare itself as second line of defence along the border.