LAHORE - Police and paramilitary forces are put on high alert across the Punjab province to cope with a looming threat by the militants during holidays on Eidul Azha.

The Central Police Office (CPO) on Monday finalized the security plan with the deployment of more than 60,000 cops in sensitive areas and other important places to maintain peace and tranquility in the province. The security plan for Eid holidays was approved during a meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP), Khan Baig, at the CPO on Monday.

The central police office has taken unprecedented security steps to ensure foolproof security since the country is confronting the worst form of terrorism. Tens of thousands of policemen are deployed across the province to thwart any possible terror assault,” a senior official said, requesting anonymity.

A police spokesperson said that at least 758 places are declared most sensitive besides 1622 sensitive places in different parts of the province and unusual security steps are put into practice to maintain peace in the identified locality.

Eid Holidays of all police officers and officials have been cancelled while the police training schools and colleges would also remain open during Eid festival.

“More than 61491 policemen will perform security duties around sensitive areas, markets, Masajids, sacrificial animals’ markets, and around key government installations to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of the miscreants,” a spokesperson for the Punjab police said in an official handout on Monday.

As per the security plan, at least 279 gazetted officers, 779 Inspectors, 2559 Sub-Inspectors, 4285 ASIs, 3298 Head Constables, 36567 constables, 13724 Police Qaumi Razakars whereas, 8053 officials of special police force would remain on duty throughout the Punjab during Eid holidays.

It was also decided in the meeting that 153 walkthrough gates, 8512 metal detectors, and 226 CCTV cameras would also be installed at most sensitive and sensitive points to check the activities of the miscreants. Thousands of policemen would also be deployed around 15550 mosques, 1197 Imambargahs, and 1325 Eidgahs to provide security cover to the people during Eid prayers.

The provincial police chief has also directed the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) to clear all the places including 758 places declared as most sensitive and 1622 sensitive places in collaboration with the Special-Branch by ensuring proper checking by involving bomb disposal squads officials and sniffer dogs for security clearance.

IGP Khan Baig has also directed the field police officers to set-up pickets at all the entry and exit points in their respective districts besides intensifying armed patrolling and snap-checking as per the prescribed policy. He also directed the field officers to remain on high-alert on this occasion and also remain in constant contact with their subordinates so that in case of any kind of untoward situation, timely action and strategy would be adopted. The provincial police chief also hoped that the general public would extend their cooperation with the police department. The police chief has also appealed to the public to remain watchful and immediately inform the police about any mysterious activities in their surroundings in odder to ensure cordial environment in the Punjab on Eid.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said there were reports the militants could launch high-profile attacks in the most sensitive localities in the big cities of the Punjab province. Therefore, the police and paramilitary forces are directed to remain on their toes to maintain peace.