Chandigarh, November 25: In the major development, intelligence agencies have sounded an alert over the possibility of terrorist attacks on select leaders of the state belonging to BJP and RSS. Following the warning, Punjab Police has increased its vigilance in the state.
Officials said security checks at RSS shakhas have been increased and that the intelligence inputs on threats to certain Hindu leaders have not been taken lightly. “There is already enough security provided to many such leaders in the state because of their vulnerability to such attacks. However, the existing security has also been beefed up,” an official confirmed.
Checking points have been in place since Saturday night at several locations, including Bohri Chowk, Tehsil Chowk, Char Khamba Chowk, Old Anaj Mandi, Muradpur Road, around Mata Ganga Girls College, and in the area adjacent to the Khalsapur Road. Sub Inspector Satnam Singh, ASI Nirmal Singh, Prabhjit Singh, Kartar Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Hardeep Singh, Sukhwant Singh, Charanjit Singh, Hansa Singh, Gurbhej Singh have been given the responsibility to maintain law and order in the city.
Moreover, six ASI rank officers and six constables have been deployed outside the residence of Chaudhary Hans Raj, the district RSS chief, Ram Lal Hans, district president BJP, and Ashwani Kukku, vice president of Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray.
The intelligence tip-off comes at a time when there has been an isolated grenade blast outside the military station near Pathankot.
The alert also comes in the backdrop of Punjab Police’s claims that drones from Pakistan have been dropping explosives in the border areas packed in lunch boxes of school children. There have also been increased recoveries of arms and ammunition in the border areas in the past few months.