Massive security review along Punjab-Pak border

RSTV Bureau

Punjab-attack-2Two days after the terror attack in Gurdaspur, Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF) will visit the district along the International Border to review the security setup.

According to official sources DG DK Pathak will visit forward locations in the area including border posts falling under Gurdaspur. As part of the overall review of the security situation and defence mechanisms, he is expected to hold a meeting with BSF officers and frontier commanders along with officials of state police and intelligence agencies.

Pathak may also meet senior Punjab police officials who oversaw the operation that killed three terrorists.

Meanwhile, sources say the initial probe indicates that the terrorists came from Pakistan through river Ravi and they had plans to target more areas.

According to the initial data gathered from the Global Positioning System (GPS) the three terrorists started from a safe house in Gharot in Shakargarh in Pakistan late on Sunday night and crossed over to Bamiyal town in Pathankot, which is close to the international border.

“They first planted bombs on railway track before snatching a car from a civilian and then gained entry into the police station of Dina Nagar,” Punjab Police Chief Sumedh Singh Saini said.

CCTV images of the terrorists have also surfaced. In one of the clips, a 14-second video shows three men dressed in Army clothes walking away from the camera on a road at 4:55 a.m. They were seen carrying big backpacks and AK assault rifles.

The images were captured by a CCTV camera placed at a shop at Taragarh intersection in Dinanagar area, said GS Toor, SSP Gurdaspur.

DGP Saini said “Inspection of the bodies show they were Muslims”, implying that they were not Khalistani terrorists.

A lot of ammunition was recovered at the encounter site. 11 unused bombs, three AK-47 rifles, 17 magazines, 55 cartridges, one Rocket launcher, three hand grenades, bullet proof jackets, night vision device and heap of unused bullets were found. GPS devices and night vision devices were also recovered.

Punjab-attackAccording to sources, the GPS analysis showed that the terrorists’ targets included Dina Nagar, the railway track, SSP, Deputy Commissioner and the Army unit in Gurdaspur. Sources also said that the attackers might have conducted a recce of the area because it appeared that they knew the train timings to plant bombs on the tracks.

The three fidayeen terrorists were killed in the 12-hour-long gun battle with the police and elite commandos of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). On Monday morning, the terrorists had attacked passengers in a moving bus and stormed a police station in Gurdaspur district, killing seven persons, including an SP.

Meanwhile, a massive search operation has been launched in the district. District Police chief Rakesh Kaushal said that special searches and check-points were being set up.

(With inputs from PTI)