AMRITSAR: India on Thursday beefed up security at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the India-Pakistan border following a threat issued by Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Taliban to blow up the ICP on Pakistan side, the Press Trust of India reported.
Following the threats, the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indian side of the border has enhanced security around the ICP. BSF IG Aditya Mishra said there was nothing to worry about the situation since the threat call was issued on the Pakistan side to Pakistan officials posted at the ICP and that it has nothing to with the Indian side. Pakistan had conveyed an alarm to the Indians of a possible attack on the ICP.
Mishra said that due to ongoing harvesting season on Indian side, BSF patrolling has been enhanced to prevent infiltration and smuggling of narcotics, arms and fake currency from Pakistani side at night. He explained that Pakistani smugglers may take advantage of fully-grown standing crops in the agriculture field along the border to sneak across.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar (Rural), Prithpal Singh Virk said although reports of threat were to the Pakistan side of ICP, the same on the Indian side couldn’t be ruled out as infiltration could also be expected in such circumstances from Pakistani side.
Earlier this month, Indian intelligence agencies issued a warning that five suspected LeT militants had managed to sneak into Mumbai via the water route. However, they mixed up mugshots for the suspected militants with five traders from Lahore’s busy mobile market, Hafeez Centre.