Lucknow | The Uttar Pradesh Police and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have sounded a high alert along the UP-Nepal border to check infiltration of anti-nationals including Maoists in the garb of earthquake victims from the Himalayan kingdom.
UP Director General of Police (DGP) A K Jain said here today that patrolling has been intensified in view of the apprehension of anti-national elements sneaking into India through the porus Indo-Nepal border after the quake.
We have been in touch with our Nepalese counterparts regularly since the killer quake struck Nepal on Saturday besides the SSB has also been alerted, he told reporters here. UP police, apart from exchanging intelligence inputs with Nepal, were helping out their counterparts with relief material as well.
The SSB — the central para-military guarding the 550 kilomters UP Nepal border — has also increased vigil along the borders.
A senior SBB official in Sanauli border said that they have deployed additional troops along the Nepal border and are also keeping a close watch at the camps set up at Sunouli, Rupadaiha and Barni posts to weed out people trying to cross over into the country with ulterior motives.
The Special Task Force (STF) and the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police have also launched a special drive involving enhanced electronic surveillance across the UP-Nepal border.
STF of UP police also said that they are scanning suspicious numbers operational along the border and monitoring movements of suspicious elements on regular basis. Besides the ATS has also deployed teams in the region to check the movement of terror suspects.
Intelligence agencies have alerted police in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh bordering Nepal after they received inputs about movement of terror suspects and increase in Maoist activities on the border.
The security agencies have alerted police in Balrampur, Shrawasti, Pilibhit, Kheri, Bahraich, Siddhartnagar and Maharajganj districts.
District police chiefs have been asked to be on alert and coordinate with the Special Task Force, local intelligence unit and the SSB, officials confirmed.
UP-Nepal border has been one of the most easy access points for terror suspects to enter India. Some most-wanted terror accused in India have been arrested trying to enter India through Nepal border.
Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal was picked up by the Indian intelligence agencies from the Nepal border on August 30, 2013, while top Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was picked up by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in January 2014 from UP-Nepal border near Uttarakhand.
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