Friday, December 1, 2023

Intel warns of terror strikes in Punjab ahead of the assembly polls

Intelligence services have warned of additional terror strikes in Punjab ahead of the elections, asking the state police to intensify the safety of sensitive installations.

“We held a meeting with state intelligence officers and issued a warning to them regarding terror activities in the state. We have asked them to keep a close watch on social media to keep tapping on any rumour-mongering. At present, Punjab is more fragile than Kashmir,” one of the official stated.

According to a report, a senior intelligence official has said that drone activities in border areas, especially in Punjab, have also increased over the past few months, adding that explosives and arms are being smuggled through them to destabilise law and order in the poll-bound state.

“There were several instances of drones used to drop explosives were remained undetected and it might be used in terror activities before or during elections to create a law and order situation,” he said. 

 The statement comes after a person was killed while six others were injured in the “powerful explosion” in a district court in Ludhiana on Thursday. 

The Punjab Police suspects that the “man killed in the blast in the second-floor toilet was trying to assemble or plant the explosive device.” Meanwhile, forensic teams have been sent to Ludhiana to probe the matter.

In addition,  a drone was also seen near the international border on December 20 in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab. BSF forces fired five bullets, however, the vehicle managed to retreat to Pakistani territory.

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