New Delhi: Government has set up a high-level committee to suggest ways to strengthen the security along the border with Pakistan and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing.
The committee, headed by former Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, will suggest how to strengthen border protection and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along the India-Pakistan border, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
It has been mandated to study all types of gaps in the fencing and all other vulnerabilities along the border and suggest a comprehensive approach to fix them on interim and permanent basis. It will submit its report in three months.
The government’s move comes three months after militants allegedly belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed had breached the Indo-Pak border in Punjab and attacked the Pathankot airbase killing seven troopers.
On July 27 last year, three militants in army fatigue had attacked Dinanagar police station in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district and killed three civilians and four policemen, including a superintendent of police.
In this case too, it is widely suspected that the attackers had entered India through a riverine stretch of the Indo-Pak border in Punjab.
On March 20 last year, two heavily armed militants in army uniform had stormed a police station on Jammu-Pathankote highway in Kathua, near the Indo-Pak border, killing five people.
A day later, two militants had attacked an army camp in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir.