Increase BSF strength as in J-K: Sukhbir

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As Punjab faced its second terror strike within six months, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today sought deployment of more BSF troops along the border with Pakistan.

At a press conference here, he said Punjab Police will set up a “second line of defence” to prevent such attacks in future.Sukhbir refrained from visiting the Air Force station where the security forces were engaged in a battle with terrorists.

He said keeping in view the increasing number of terrorist activities in the border areas of Pathankot and Gurdaspur, Punjab Police had decided to permanently position a unit of the elite SWAT team in the city. “This team will take care of the border areas of both Pathankot and Gurdaspur.

The logistics for having the team here have already been worked out,” he said.The Deputy Chief Minister said the Punjab government would write to the Centre that BSF deployment should be increased on par with that of Jammu and Kashmir.“The BSF deployment should be increased at least in this area (Gurdaspur and Pathankot) because this is the second or third time that such an incident has occurred,” Sukhbir told reporters here.He held a review meeting with senior police officials in the wake of the terror attack in Pathankot, and said that he had directed the police authorities to get the “mapping done of all vulnerable points along the border”.“If some terrorists manage to sneak from the border into our territory, we should look at how we can act as a second line of defence. I want technology to be used,” he said, adding that he will ask Punjab DGP to get in touch with all the experts. Meanwhile, a media query about Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh made the Deputy Chief Minister angry, following which he left the press conference midway.9,000 (approx) number of BSF staff stationed on Punjab Frontier 553 km, the length of International Border that Punjab shares with Pak14battalions of the central paramilitary force standing guard at any point of time”If some terrorists manage to sneak in from the border into our territory, we should look at how we can act as a second line of defence. I want technology to be used” Sukhbir Badal, Punjab Deputy CM told.

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