The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Uttar Pradesh Police have stepped up patrols along the 551 km-long Indian-Nepal border, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Ayodhya for Ram Temple Bhumi Puja on Wednesday.
According to senior police officers, there is a strong surveillance of border movements, and people living in villages adjacent to the border have been asked to alert security officials if they notice any suspicious activity or feature in their area.
Security arrangements across the state, especially in Ayodhya and the Indo-Nepal border, have been strengthened after intelligence agencies warned of a possible terrorist attack in August.
The Pilibhit police have constructed five barriers at different checkpoints along the 56 km long Indo-Nepal border in the district to prevent the infiltration of anti-social elements into the Indian Territory.
An additional barricade has been erected on the Pilibhit-Lucknow highway for checking of suspicious vehicles.
Deputy inspector general of police, Bareilly range, Rajesh Pandey, who has been camping in Pilibhit for the past three days, said: “I have been monitoring policing during Eid and Raksha Bandhan, but I have also held the string of security and vigilance myself since Tuesday considering the high-profile ceremony in Ayodhya.”
He said: “I have patrolled the Indo-Nepal border stretch in the district along with police force and the SSB to take stock of the security arrangements and vigilance.”
Orders have been issued to take into custody any person who appears suspicious.
Pilibhit superintendent of police (SP) Jai Prakash Yadav said: “We will not allow any foreigner to go Ayodhya via Pilibhit without an authorised invitation. Policemen in civil dresses have been deployed in border villages to keep a tab on activities there, while barricades have been erected on roads leading to Nepal and Uttarakhand for checking vehicles and identification of people.”
Both, police and SSB personnel, deployed on the Indo-Nepal border in Lakhimpur are also keeping a vigil on movement of people while forest officials have been asked to remain vigilant and share information with security agencies if they find any suspicious movement in the forest area.
Lakhimpur ASP Arun Kumar Singh said: “Local police are in daily touch with the SSB and are also carrying out joint patrols in border areas. Following a security warning before the ceremony in Ayodhya, the border of the district has been sealed and the duty hours of the police have been extended until the event has passed.”
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