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Rajasthan on high alert after the Gurdaspur attack

Rajasthan was put on high alert after the terrorist attack in neighbouring Punjab, with the police and paramiltary forces gearing up for on any untoward incident.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published: July 28, 2015 9:01:42 am

Rajasthan was put on high alert after the terrorist attack in neighbouring Punjab, with the police and paramiltary forces gearing up for on any untoward incident.

DGP Manoj Bhatt asked officials including those from the Anti Terror Squad to keep a tight watch on any suspected movement.

“The entire state is on alert, especially areas near the international border, as well as the Rajasthan-Punjab inter-state boundary,” Bhatt told The Indian Express.

“While we have not received any specific threats, we have to be prepared especially in view of Independence Day being close,” he said.

Rajasthan shares the longest land border with Pakistan, running at 1,048 km.

Emergency Response Teams were deployed in various locations in the state capital. Earlier in the day, as the news of the Punjab attack spread, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria met senior officials at the police headquarters here and reviewed security arrangements.

Railway stations were sounded out and GRP and RPF were directed to monitor suspicious activity on platforms and on trains.

Rajasthan has had its run-ins with terror in the past, with the 2007 Ajmer blasts and the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts-the latter allegedly masterminded by IM terrorist Yasin Bhatkal-being the latest grim reminders.

Last year, the Rajasthan ATS, in a joint operation with the special cell of the Delhi Police, had nabbed several alleged operatives of a sleeper cell of the Indian Mujahideen from Jodhpur and Sikar districts. Another key IM operative, Pakistani national Zia-Ur-Rehman alias Waqas, was arrested from the Ajmer railway station.

 

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