J-K Police to fortify Indo-Pak border

In the backdrop of the Pathankot airbase attack, the Jammu and Kashmir Police are all set to fortify the 198-km-long Indo-Pak international border in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts.

Official documents accessed by revealed that the J&K Police had decided to put up permanent check points at vantage places in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts.“Though the BSF has the operational responsibility of the international border, the J&K Police will be putting up permanent check points, especially along the traditional routes of infiltration such as rivers and rivulets that flow into Pakistan,” said a senior police officer.“While the BSF is the first line of defence on the border followed by the Army, we are mulling a third layer of security so that subversive elements, including terrorists, who manage to breach the first two layers, could be intercepted,” he added.

The police officer said the police, which were busy with the spadework, would embark on the exercise in a couple of months.“Permanent check points along traditional routes of infiltration and vantage points on the border will be hi-tech and policemen will be equipped with sophisticated weapons and surveillance gadgets,” he said.

He said that the security would also be upgraded on the 109-km-long Jammu-Pathankot highway.Automatic barriers, alarm systems, CCTV cameras and traffic spikes used to impede or stop the movement of vehicles by puncturing their tyres and highway patrols will be put in place, he said.“While police stations, Army and other vital installations on the highway have always remained a soft target of Pakistani terrorists because of its proximity to the Indo-Pak border, we will also cover the Jammu-Srinagar highway in a phased manner,” he added.An Army officer admitted that Pakistani militants had a free run on the Jammu-Pathankot highway —- also called the lifeline of J&K, on hijacked vehicles before storming police stations and Army units.

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