Days ahead of the July 14 meeting between Indian and Pakistani officials to finalise modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Corridor, the Ministry of Home Affairs called a meeting in North Block Tuesday to discuss opening of a police station at the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB).
The Punjab director general of police, Gurdaspur deputy commissioner, joint secretary (internal security-I), Intelligence Bureau joint secretary, Border Security Force inspector general (operations), customs commissioner, Bureau of Immigration commissioner, Member, Land Ports Authority of India (P&D) have been asked to attend the meeting to be chaired by the secretary (border management).
A Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) official said LPAI facilities and check posts across the country had border guarding forces and having extra security arrangements in place at PTB may have necessitated setting up a police station.
“In Punjab, we have BSF, on India-Nepal border we have Sashastra Seema Bal, on India-Myanmar border we have Assam Rifles as border guarding force at Integrated Check Posts (ICPs). It must be for extra security, otherwise LPAI is a central agency and policing is a State subject,” said the LPAI official.