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Haryana announces anti-terror squad a day after attack on Punjab police headquarters -by Ecork

On Monday, an RPG was fired at the headquarters of the Punjab Police Intelligence Wing in Mohali.

Chandigarh:

Days after thwarting a major terrorist plot in Haryana, the state government announced the formation of an anti-terror squad in the state. Today, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vig said the squad will monitor the activities of terrorists and anti-social elements.

Addressing the state police, Mr. Vig said, “In view of the recent attack on the headquarters of the Intelligence Department in Mohali (Punjab) and Karnal, there is a need to strengthen the security of the state.”

A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) was fired on Monday at the headquarters of the Punjab Police Intelligence Wing in Mohali. The incident is seen as a major intelligence failure, as the building houses the state’s counter-intelligence wing, the special task force, the anti-gang squad, and some other units.

Last week, four suspected terrorists with links to Pakistan were arrested in Karnal. In another incident, police found an improvised explosive device (IED) packed with 1.5 kg RDX from Tarn district of Punjab.

Anil Vij said the anti-terror squad would consist of officers at the rank of deputy inspector general of police and police chief.

“With great care being taken about the activities of terrorists and anti-social elements, we need to investigate the presence of sleeper cells and pay attention to their modus operandi,” said Mr. Feig.

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