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Punjab announces deployment of commando battalion and SWAT in Pathankot

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Punjab, which faced two terror attacks in six months, today announced deployment of a commando battalion and a special SWAT team in Pathankot as a “second line of defence” and also sought deployment of more BSF troops along the state’s border with Pakistan.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while making the announcement, a day after the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot, said the state government was writing to Government of India that BSF deployment should be increased on par with the neighbouring state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have to act as second line of defence. Immediately, we will have new police lines established in Pathankot, one commando batallion will also be set up here so that there is quick response (in the wake of major attacks).

“A special SWAT team will be stationed in Pathankot district so that there is quick response if any eventuality happens in the future so that we can take quick action,” Badal told reporters.

“The BSF deployment should be increased at least in this area (Gurdaspur and Pathankot) because this is second or third time such an incident has occurred,” Badal said.

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