The India-Pak border at Attari has been put on high alert and additional forces deployed around the Integrated Check Post after BSF on Tuesday evening received intelligence inputs that three persons tried to launch a rocket towards Indian side on the night of July 21. This comes days after the intelligence agencies sounded another alert that there could be an attack from Pakistans side during the retreat ceremony held everyday at Wagah.
We had stepped up vigil along the international border as we received Intelligence inputs that some terrorist group in Pakistan was planning an attack during the retreat ceremony at Wagah. Thousands of people from both sides attend the ceremony daily and it is a very easy target. We have also contacted our counterparts the Pakistan Rangers and asked them to be on a vigil, said a BSF source.
As per the intelligence inputs,an iron girder (which BSF believe could have been a launching pad),a rocket (containing explosives) and a battery were among the things recovered from village Dial (pronounced as Dyal),nearly four kilometers from Wagah border on the Pakistani side. The reports said length of the rocket was 12 feet.
The BSF (Punjab Frontier) Inspector General Aditya Mishra,when contacted,confirmed that BSF had received intelligence inputs about the rocket launching attempt and recovered paraphernalia. Another officer said though these reports were unsubstantiated they were not taking any chances.
As per the intellingence inputs,three persons were trying to launch the rocket. A brick kiln worker alerted the police after he saw three men carrying the things in a tonga (a horse cart). They had already dug the earth to install the launcher, Mishra said. All three escaped before police arrived at the scene,Mishra said,adding the issue would be raised with Pak Rangers at a meeting.