Punjab moves 2 companies to secure Bhakra dam from LET Mohammedan terrorists
Posted by jagoindia on March 22, 2009
Punjab moves 2 companies to secure Bhakra
20 Mar 2009, 0504 hrs IST, Shruti Setia Chhhabra, TNN
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab police on Thursday put two companies at the disposal of senior superintendent of police, Ropar, to beef up security at the
Bhakra Nangal dam. The move follows the Union government’s alert to Punjab on “Lashkar threat” to the hydroelectric project.
Sources said the terror alert was based on intercepts of a telephonic conversation of Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives in Pakistan that they could target the project. They claimed that the damages could be colossal if the dam is breached, “as some 1,500 villages will be submerged and food production hit for another six months”.
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has already asked for CISF security. The requirement to deploy extra forces at Ropar has come at a time when the state police needs manpower for election duty and the forthcoming IPL matches.
Meanwhile, the government also stepped up security at other vital installations and religious places in the state.
Earlier this year, police had received some anonymous letters written in Urdu and posted from Kashmir, warning of attacks across the state on Republic Day.
On Wednesday, a senior state official had told The Times of India, “It is not a very recent development, but yes, there is a mention of Lashkar people talking about Bhakra dam in the communication from the Centre. In any case, nobody is taking any information lightly as hard lessons have been learnt from 26/11.”