Chandigarh: The counter intelligence wing of the Punjab Police on Thursday put the state on high alert about the presence of at least six Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists and said that they could be heading towards Delhi. A letter from Counter Intelligence Inspector General said that the terrorists, who may have entered the state from international border in Ferozepur area, are planning to cross over to Delhi. Also Read - 69-year-old Woman Dies of Coronavirus in Punjab, Death Toll in State Climbs to 6
“At least six to seven terrorists are reportedly in Punjab (possibly Ferozepur area) and planning to move towards Delhi from Punjab side,” the letter reads. The letter also advised all the authorities to step up security, especially along the border, and checking across the state. The letter also asked the security authorities to run strict vehicular checking at border areas. Also Read - Coronavirus: Two Days After Padma Shri Awardee's Demise, Daughter Also Tests Positive
The letter further advised all the supervisory field officers, including IGP/DIG Ranges and CPs, to involve in the planning and implementation of the preventive and precautionary measures. “There is a need to review and strengthen the second line of defence along the Indo-Pakistan border and to coordinate closely with BSF and other police/defence establishments in your areas,” the letter read. Also Read - Wives of Cops in Punjab Prepare and Distribute 800 Masks and 33,000 Ration Packets
The letter said: “There is a need to review and strengthen the second line of defence along the Indo-Pakistan border and to coordinate closely with BSF and other police/defence establishments in your areas.” Notably, the intelligence alert came just a day after four persons snatched a taxi at gunpoint near Madhopur area, sparking fears of a Pathankot airbase-like attack which took place in 2016.
The four people had initially hired a silver-coloured Toyota Innova from Jammu. However, near Madhopur, they forced the driver of a car out at gun-point and drove off, the police said. The cab driver, with the help of the locals, later informed the police.