CHANDIGARH: Responding to the request of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to intensify vigil on the international border in Punjab to prevent recurrence of fidayeen attacks, the Centre has set up a committee which would suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the state.
The committee would identify critical issues and suggest measures to prevent any possibility of recurrence of fidayeen attacks in future.
The Centre has set up a committee under former Union Home secretary Madhukar Gupta which would have the Deputy National Security Advisor, Director IIT Delhi/IIT Roorkee, Surveyor General of India and a representative from the state government not below the rank of IGP, a Punjab government Spokesman said here today.
The committee has been mandated to physically inspect the condition of border fencing along Indo-Pakistan Border, identify gaps and their condition and suggest methods to seal the gaps.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within three months, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said a communique had been received from Ministry of Home Affairs, Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) Arvind Gupta in this connection by the state government.
"Since the committee is to be an independent body, it has been decided to form it under National Security Council Secretariat", added Gupta in his letter to the state government.
The Chief Minister wrote to the Centre to intensify vigil in the international border in Punjab as state was hit by two fidayeen attacks in Dinanagar in July last year and in Pathankot Air Force base in January this year.