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Chandigarh on red alert, security beefed up after Pathankot attack

The police measures include more vigil around important buildings, nakas at night

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh/mohali/panchkula | January 4, 2016 1:53:56 pm
Pathankot attack, security in Pinjab, punjab attack, security in punjab, terror attack, punjab news, pathankot news, chandigarh news Chandigarh Police commandos at Chandigarh Railway Station on Sunday. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

In the  wake of the terrorist attack at Pathankot, the Tricity remained a red alert for the second day on Sunday. Special police nakas were set up in Mohali district and the police carried out extensive checking at all the entry and exit points. Station House Officers (SHOs) were directed to set up nakas at night. The Chandigarh and Panchkula police forces also kept a vigil at all the public places.

Officials of the Chandigarh Police said that the security was beefed up at the railway station and the bus stations in sectors 17 and 43.

The security at the district court complex and around other important buildings, including the Punjab and Haryana Raj Bhawans and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was stepped up too.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar told Chandigarh Newsline a red alert was in place in the district. All the entry and exit points had been closed and special nakas set up. Further, extensive checking drives were also carried out.

The SSP said that all the SHOs in the district had been directed to set up nakas at night and carry out checking of the suspicious vehicles in their areas. He added that numberdars in the rural areas had also been asked to check movement of suspicious people, if any, in their areas.

The Panchkula police strengthened security at all the entry points of the town, said Commissioner of Police (Ambala-Panchkula) O P Singh.

“We have taken a series of tough measures. We are carrying out intensive checking of inbound traffic, particularly those vehicles moving in the direction of vulnerable targets. The emergency services are also in an alert mode,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police appealed to the general public to call on 100 if they saw anything or anyone suspicious. “Alert citizens are the best defence,” he said.

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