Pakistani terrorists may have entered Punjab: BSF

Punjab Sugarcane Fields Searched

Gurdaspur: BSF and Punjab Police think that Pakistan Military may have helped terrorists entere the Indian territory by diverting the attention of the security forces.

Working on this inference, Punjab Police on Wednesday intensified its search in and around the Dorangla town near the border. BSF cameras on Monday had picked up the movement of the eight people across the border.

The Gurdaspur police have formed a dozen anti-sabotage teams which are doing duty at strategic locations. Officers said the focus was on the Pathankot-Amritsar railway track which touches Dinanagar, Gurdaspur, Dhariwal and Batala.

SSP Jasdeep Singh said an exercise had been initiated in collaboration with the GRP to sanitise the railway line. Cops on Wednesday spread out in the city warning residents to be wary of crowded markets. The bus stand, too, was teeming with policemen, both in uniform and in civvies, since morning.
Around 5.4 kg of RDX had been found on the Pathankot-Dinanagar track near Jakholari station hours after three militants had attacked the Dinanagar police station on July 27 last year. The explosive, meant for the 4.30am Pathankot-Amritsar passenger train, failed to go off ostensibly after a goods train had detached its detonator. The goods train had passed barely minutes before the passenger train was scheduled to pass.  
Police say they want to avert such an eventuality by launching a sanitising operation.The police rummaged through agriculture fields with the focus being on rooms constructed over tubewell motors.  There were reports that the administration might raze the standing sugarcane crop of farmers in the Dorangla belt like it had done in the Tibri cantonment area in the aftermath of the January 2 Pathankot attack.
Dorangala is a sugarcane-rich belt and the crop has already attained a height of 10-15 feet, enough to give  refuge to terrorists.Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said he was in talks with the BSF and the police over the issue of the sugarcane crop.
“Farmers are not in a position to harvest their crop because sugar mills normally start operations in November. If the need arises, based on the threat perception, we will raze the sugarcane fields and compensate the farmers. These fields can become a safe haven for terrorists once they cross the border. A final decision will be taken soon,” the DC said.