Surveillance up in Gurdaspur border areas, review today
The sophisticated CCTV cameras put up by the Border Security Force at the Chakri picket near the border captured eight men involved in yesterday’s infiltration bid.
Senior BSF officers, who were present at Chakri today, confirmed that an analysis of the CCTV footage showed that the men were unarmed and ran helter-skelter after BSF jawans fired at them.
Punjab Police have now sought additional forces from the Punjab Armed Police. A company of PAP, comprising 70 personnel, was deployed in addition to Gurdaspur police personnel at the Dorangla sector from where the intrusion was attempted.
SSP Jasdeep Singh oversaw the deployment at Dorangla. “Now that we have concrete evidence that a group of men was sighted on the Pakistani side of the border, we have increased surveillance. All nearby villages are being searched. The operation will continue till tomorrow when we will review it. There are chances that the group may have acted as a camouflage to enable some others to sneak in. We are ruling out nothing and hence we are leaving nothing to chance,” he said. Punjab Police and BSF officials are working in tandem to neutralise any threat whatsoever.
Till yesterday night, the BSF was unable to say with surety whether the “suspected movement” they were referring to related to a herd of cattle or human beings.
“The CCTV footage shows a group of unarmed men moving around at a distance of 800 m to 1 km from the barbed wire fencing. From our experience gathered over years of manning the border, we can say with conviction that they were not smugglers. They had come to carry out a recee. An infiltration bid at a later date cannot be ruled out. We have tightened security near the border, while the police have been asked to act as the second line of defence,” said a BSF officer.
No officer, either of the police or the BSF, was willing to come on record.
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