Police want more CCTVs at Ranjit Sagar dam

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Amid the escalating tension along the border, the Punjab Police today dispatched a special team comprising senior police officers to review the security arrangements at the Ranjit Sagar dam complex.ADGP (Security) BK Bawa, IG SK Singh and senior officers of the Pathankot police, including SSP Rakesh Kaushal, held a five-hour-long meeting in the complex. The officers inspected all strategic points and check posts in and around the dam.Interestingly, even as the officers were holding deliberations reports filtered in that a “spy” pigeon had flown into the district from across the border. The SSP immediately directed his subordinates to send hourly reports to him.Ranjit Sagar Dam, also known as Thein Dam, is a hydroelectric project on the Ravi river located near Pathankot city.The city hosts some high-security entities like the dam, Mamun cantonment, Pathankot-Jammu highway and the Air Force base and all possible measures are being taken by the police and the Army to guard them.Ever since the airbase witnessed an attack on January 2, the security agencies have been holding regular meetings to ensure that no untoward incident happens. Last month, Punjab Police DGP (Law and Order) HS Dhillon visited the border districts of Pathankot, Gurdaspur and Amritsar to review the situation against the backdrop of the terror attack in Uri.The SSP said he had apprised the ADGP the need to install at least 50 more CCTVs to cover the entire premises of the dam. “At present, we have installed 10 CCTVs after taking permission from the dam authorities. I have formed a committee which will pinpoint the places where the 50 CCTVs can be fixed. The ADGP assured me that funds will not be a problem,” he said.Already 750 cameras have been installed in Pathankot district at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. Officers say the security of the dam is vital. “Today the ADGP and the IG visited the complex. In any case we hold regular meetings to review the arrangements,” said the SSP.

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