Punjab Chief Minister wants the Jammu & Kashmir treatment

The Punjab CM has asked Rajnath Singh to deploy adequate number of BSF personnel in Punjab, which shares a long border with Pakistan

Amritsar: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday urged the Centre to treat the Punjab frontier at par with Jammu-Kashmir as regards deployment of Border Security Force (BSF) for checking infiltration.

Security forces near the Pathankot air base. FILE PIC
Security forces near the Pathankot air base. File Pic

Badal said he has asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to deploy adequate number of BSF personnel keeping in view the long border that the state shares with Pakistan. In the wake of recent terror attacks at Dinanagar and Pathankot, he said, the need of the hour is to replicate the formula in Punjab as applicable to J&K and also to intensify vigil along the border.

Parkash Singh Badal. PIC/AFP
Parkash Singh Badal. Pic/AFP

“Punjab is a national frontier and concerted efforts must be made to beef up its security for the sake of protecting the unity and integrity of the nation,” he added. Meanwhile, taking a jibe at Captain Amarinder Singh, Badal said, “the scion of the Patiala Royal family is busy with his aristocratic lifestyle.”

Security tightened around Chabua airbase

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Batala: A man, allegedly moving suspiciously near a BSF post in the border area of Dera Baba Nanak here in Gurdaspur district, was apprehended yesterday and handed over to the police. The man, identified as Harpreet Singh alias Honey, was wearing a trouser similar to army fatigues and was allegedly hiding in the bushes when he was caught by BSF, SHO of Dera Baba Nanak Paramjit Singh said yesterday. BSF seized his mobile phone, which was allegedly used to take pictures of army tanks and government buildings, Paramjit Singh said.

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