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Independence Day: Security forces on alert in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh

Punjab:  Ahead of the 69th Independence Day, security has been tightened across Punjab, especially in border districts in the wake of Gurdaspur terror attack last month, besides Haryana and Chandigarh. Security forces are on high alert,
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PTI August 12, 2015 16:50 IST

Punjab:  Ahead of the 69th Independence Day, security has been tightened across Punjab, especially in border districts in the wake of Gurdaspur terror attack last month, besides Haryana and Chandigarh. Security forces are on high alert, officials said on Wednesday.

Security has been strengthened at the venues where dignitaries will unfurl the Tricolour and important railway stations including Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Panipat, Ambala, besides key interstate bus terminals and other vital installations, the officials said.

Special security arrangements have been made in border districts in Punjab, where terrorists carried out an attack in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur nearly a fortnight back.

Besides, paramilitary has been deployed in the border areas to strengthen the security.

Pathankot's Senior Superintendent of Police R K Bakhshi today said that foolproof security measures had been put in place.

Asked that some locals in the border district of Pathankot, in the past few days claimed to have noticed some suspicious movements after the Gurdaspur attack, he said, "We cannot ignore any information that we are getting." Notably, three days ago, acting on inputs from locals that some suspicious movement had been noticed in Pathankot's Dhar Block area, the Army and police had jointly launched a massive operation near Ladeti village, under the supervision of Inspector General-Border Range-Lok Nath Angra, though nothing was found.

All entry and exit points of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pardesh, which border Pathankot district, have been sealed and checking of vehicles has been intensified.

Meanwhile, police across Punjab, neighbouring Haryana and Chandigarh have asked operators of guest houses, cyber cafes, telephone booths and taxi services to keep a watch on their customers and report any suspicious persons.

Police and other security personnel have intensified checking of vehicles in the two states and Chandigarh.

Barricading and checking had also been intensified at the inter-state borders.

 

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