Cities, towns near bor­der put on high alert

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

NEW DELHI/SRI­NA­GAR/CHANDI­GARH: Po­lice in In­dia’s ma­jor cities and towns bor­der­ing Pak­istan were put on height­ened alert on Thurs­day for pos­si­ble reprisal at­tacks in re­sponse to the cross­bor­der strike car­ried out by the Army.

In Delhi, the anti-ter­ror unit, emer­gency re­sponse ve­hi­cles and SWAT teams were asked to be on guard. In the evening, bar­ri­cades were also placed at ma­jor roads with se­cu­rity per­son­nel check­ing ev­ery sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle.

Home min­istry sources said na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser (NSA) Ajit Do­val spoke to the In­tel­li­gence Bu­reau (IB) and Delhi po­lice com­mis­sioner ask­ing them to be on high alert. “We have been told to be on high alert. Not just the sur­gi­cal at­tack but this is also a fes­ti­val sea­son. For the past few days, we are in the field in morn­ing and evening rush hours,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

The Union home min­istry also asked Pun­jab and Jammu and Kash­mir to move to safer lo­ca­tions peo­ple liv­ing within 10km of the bor­der or line of con­trol, the de facto bor­der with Pak­istan.

The cer­e­mo­nial beat­ing re­treat cer­e­mony at the Wa­gah bor­der was called off, BSF sources said. The flag was low­ered in the evening but with­out the usual fan­fare as lo­cals and tourists who were turned away, sources said. The BSF, of­fi­cials said, had re­stricted all civil­ian move­ment along the bor­der.

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