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Rajnath reviews national security, suggests ‘high alert’Was briefed about the situation on the border. PTI

Rajnath reviews national security, suggests ‘high alert’

30 Sep 2016 | 6:52 PM

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly along the border with Pakistan in states like Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, and directed central security organisations to be on high alert.

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New Delhi, September 30

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly along the border with Pakistan in states like Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, and directed central security organisations to be on high alert.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and top officials of security and intelligence agencies attended the review meeting.

It comes in the wake of the surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir in the early hours of September 29.

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During the hour-long meeting, Doval and others briefed the Home Minister about the situation along the border and steps taken to foil any Pakistani design.

“The Border Security Force (BSF) and other central police organisations functioning under the Home Ministry have been put on high alert along the India-Pakistan border,” an official source later said.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) top brass had been asked to intensify security at all industrial units, airports and other locations wherever they were deployed, sources said.

All BSF units deployed along the international border in Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat have been directed to step up vigil.

The BSF has been ordered to increase the number of personnel deployed at sensitive posts, sources said.

The Centre also issued a country-wide alert asking the states to heighten vigil to foil any attempt by Pakistan-based terror groups to carry out attacks amid apprehensions of backlash by terrorists after the surgical strike.

In an advisory, the Home Ministry conveyed to the states that additional forces should be deployed at all sensitive places, including strategic installations, markets, religious places and other key places, to ensure security, an official source said.

Metro cities were particularly asked to be extra vigilant.

States touching the border with Pakistan—Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat—were also directed to remain vigilant, sources said.

Sources said there is high probability that Pakistani agencies may try to use the terror groups to carry out strike on the Indian soil to avenge yesterday’s attack.

Earlier in the day, Rajnath Singh held separate meetings with the chiefs of important central security forces, including National Security Guard (NSG), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and CISF.

According to an official source here, these were routine meetings but were significant in the wake of the army’s surgical strikes across the LoC.

Rajnath met CISF Director General OP Singh, NDRF Director General RK Pachnanda and NSG chief Sudhir Pratap Singh and discussed the general preparedness, sources said. Agencies

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