Sunday, November 18, 2018

Security beefed up at Attari, Amritsar airport

Amritsar: Security of the viewers’ gallery at the Attari border and at Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport here has been beefed up following intelligence reports about infiltration of Pakistan-based terrorists in the region.

Not only contingency plans have been put in place at both hypersensitive sites but the deployment of security forces has also been increased. Sources said, “Threat is not from across the border at Attari but militants could sneak into the viewers’ gallery in guise of visitors and strike, so we are being watchful both about visitors arriving to see Beating the Retreat ceremony as well as any cross-border misadventure.”

Over 10,000 visitors arrive at Attari to see the flag-lowering ceremony everyday and the number increases during weekends. In 2014, a suicide bomber of the terror outfit Jammat-ul-Ahrar had blown himself near a parking lot of the viewers’ gallery at Wagah (Pakistan) killing over 60 Pakistani visitors.
When asked about the security arrangements at Attari viewers’ gallery in the wake of the movement of terrorists and possibility of their strike, BSF inspector general (Punjab Frontier) Mahipal Yadav said that, “I don’t have any information. If there is an operational information, I can’t share it with anyone.” However, Punjab’s border range IGP S P S Parmar said that they had increased the deployment of security personnel. “In addition to the existing force we have added 57 more security personnel,” he added.
18/11/18 Yudhvir Rana/Times of India

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