BSF, Punjab police enhance security of Wagah retreat venue

The iconic flag-lowering ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border has been brought under a "comprehensive" security mechanism with special anti-sabotage measures in place, in the wake of the powerful terror blast that killed over 60 people across this border in Pakistan recently.

New Delhi: The iconic flag-lowering ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border has been brought under a "comprehensive" security mechanism with special anti-sabotage measures in place, in the wake of the powerful terror blast that killed over 60 people across this border in Pakistan recently.

"We have taken a number of measures to enhance security at the Attari-Wagah retreat ceremony venue on our side after the blast that occurred early this month. A comprehensive security zone has been created," BSF director general DK Pathak reporters ahead of the forces' 49th Raising Day on December 1.

Officials said the Border Security Force has now entrusted the Punjab police with the security and sanitisation of the venue for about a kilometre apart from enhancing its security protocols inside and outside the viewers gallery.

"Punjab police has been asked to conduct special anti-sabotage checks of the area around the viewers gallery. New barricades have been erected on the road that leads to the venue. Both BSF and local police have deployed quick reaction teams to respond to any emergency even as frisking of viewers has been enhanced," they said.

The BSF, officials said, has also mounted additional vigil in the area by deploying more 'spotters' in civil dress in the milling crowd and also by enhancing sentry towers.

Over 60 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah in Pakistan on November 2, minutes after the flag-lowering ceremony at the land border crossing finished. 

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