Security beefed up in Punjab town after e-mail threat

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Gurdaspur, Sep 15 (UNI) Security was beefed up in this headquarter town of Punjab following the reception of a threat e-mail by a leading English daily of Chandigarh.

The mail which was forwarded to the Border Range headquarters at Amritsar by the Chandigarh police threatened to blow up the Hanuman Mandir at Gurdaspur.

Range IGP R P Meena while confirming the reception of the message from the Chandigarh police said at Amritsar today that security had been stepped up in Gurdaspur and other towns in the border districts of Amritsar and Gurdaspur.

On the information provided by the Range headquarters, the local police swung into action and cordoned off the Hanuman Mandir.

Sniffer dogs were rushed to the spot and all devotees entering the shrine are being frisked.

Police officials said that additional security force personnel have been stationed in the town and particular stress is being laid around Hanuman Mandir chowk and Bata chowk, the two busy areas of the town. The entire town has been divided into eight security zones, each under the charge of a DSP.

Officials said that all vehicles entering or leaving the town are being checked and police personnel have also been told to keep an eye on passengers at the bus stand and at the railway station. So far no explosive material has been detected by the sniffer dog squads at the Hanuman Mandir or at any other locality of the town.

" The security measures will continue as a threat cannot be taken lightly", Mr Meena added.

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