Rajasthan Looks to Protect Water Sources From 'Contamination Attack'
JAIPUR: In view of "possible attempt" to contaminate water in areas along the International Border in Barmer, Rajasthan Public health and engineering department has directed its officials to monitor water sources to prevent any such incident, an official said today.
The department in a letter on Monday asked all engineers in Barmer circle to keep a watch on tanks and other water sources for the public as well as Border Security Force, stationed there, the official said.
"Instructions for the monitoring of water tanks and other sources were issued to engineers and other staff for ensuring that no one can contaminate the water," Superintendent Engineer-Barmer, Nema Ram Parihar, told PTI.
"BSF receives water from our sources so it is our responsibility to ensure that the force as well as civilians gets pure water," Parihar said.
Possibility of such kind of incident was raised by security agencies in a joint meeting on internal security with district administration and civil officials on August 13, the Superintendent said.
"Several aspects of security and threat perceptions were discussed in the meeting ahead of the Independence day in Barmer," defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said
"It was also discussed in the meeting that there might be attempts to contaminate water in border area by anti-social elements," he said.
Ojha, howvever, said that no fresh or specific alert was issued by the Army.