The terror attack in Punjab

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Hi everyone,
I just knew that some terrorists attacked a police station and put bumbs near the railway in Punjab. I am going to have a trip in Jaisalmer and Amristar by train via Jaipur next month. How's the situation now? Do I need to change my plan?
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No need of changing your program.

Indian security force is well equipped to tackle such irritants...
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Hello Wen Feng,

Could you please specify the dates of your travel? The thing is, a short while back, on TV there was a report of another bomb scare at Gurdaspur (same place where the terrorist attack happened) and I thought I should post and let you know as you plan to travel in that area.

Typically, if something has to go wrong, it will around the 14th/15th august (I-day and I-day eve). So, as an Independent traveler- I'd steer clear of the Indo-Pak border areas and also the old city area of Srinagar (Lal Chowk) on those specific dates. After the I day, you should be fine.

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Israeli Trained Indian SWAT Team Ends Terror Siege at Gurdaspur Police Station

An Indian SWAT team behind the neutralization of an apparent terrorist siege at a police station near the Pakistan border in the Punjab state was putting the skills it gained from Israeli training to the test for the first time, The Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

The team of 28 commandos were “were among the 80 personnel who were selected for being trained by a special team from the Security and Protection Training School, Israel, in 2010,” said the report, adding that this was the first major operation since their training in 2010.

“This was their first operation since they were trained. And they have done well,” said a senior Indian intelligence officer, according to the report.

Their job was to flush the terrorists out of the police station in the city of Gurdaspur, where the Punjab commandos joined a SWAT team from northern Indian Jammu and Kashmir state as well.

The SWAT teams eventually killed the three terrorists who stormed the station, Indian media reported, but not before they claimed the lives of three civilians and three police officers. Pakistan condemned the attack.

The Israeli training underscores increasing ties between India and the Jewish state, especially regarding counter-terrorism and security. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will become the first head of state in India to visit Israel, in October.

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post 14th/15th august (I-day and I-day eve)
14th Aug isn't just I-day eve but Pak independence day. It used to be celebrated quite openly by (some) members of a certain community in India* right upto 1965. It's probably still celebrated by many people in Kashmir.

Gurdaspur has a special significance in this context (Hint: google "Gurdaspur"+"Radcliffe") but it is far enough away from Amritsar.


*Pardon the newspaper-speak. I assure you I have my tongue firmly in my cheek.
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True GolGhar - it's just that i didn't want to give this thread any political overtones (it's very easy to do that - am sure you know better than me given the context). Just wanted to give Weng some practical advice on her travels as relates to the current situation (avoid crowded places / symbolic targets as far as possible, etc).
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post True GolGhar - it's just that i didn't want to give this thread any political overtones (it's very easy to do that - am sure you know better than me given the context). Just wanted to give Weng some practical advice on her travels as relates to the current situation (avoid crowded places / symbolic targets as far as possible, etc).
Thanks Vaibhav! I'll go to Jaisalmer from jaipur by train on 7th Aug and back to Jaipur on 12th Aug. According to my itinerary,I should be in Amristar or Haridwar during I-Days. I won't go to a parade on that day for safety reason. What I'm worry about is that public transportation is pretty easy to be attacked by terrorists. As a traveler,I have to take a train or a bus. Hope terror attacks won't happen again.
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You will have to remain alert, but not scared.

Please don't feel scared about visiting India. You won't be able to enjoy your trip if you keep feeling threatened...

All the places are safe here as our security agencies remain alert all the times. They are more alert during national festivals, like Independence Day, Republic Day.

Terror may strike at any place, any time.
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Originally Posted by Wen Feng Hsiao View Post Thanks Vaibhav! I'll go to Jaisalmer from jaipur by train on 7th Aug and back to Jaipur on 12th Aug. According to my itinerary,I should be in Amristar or Haridwar during I-Days. I won't go to a parade on that day for safety reason. What I'm worry about is that public transportation is pretty easy to be attacked by terrorists. As a traveler,I have to take a train or a bus. Hope terror attacks won't happen again.
If it's optional for you to replace Amritsar with Haridwar on I-day or thereabouts, then do that please. It's better to err on the side of caution to remain stress free when you travel. I'd have done that myself if this was my travel plan.

For the 7-12 Aug week I see no problems at all.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post You will have to remain alert, but not scared.

Please don't feel scared about visiting India. You won't be able to enjoy your trip if you keep feeling threatened...

All the places are safe here as our security agencies remain alert all the times. They are more alert during national festivals, like Independence Day, Republic Day.

Terror may strike at any place, any time.
Hi Prakaant,
This is the second time that I have a vocation in India. I love India.Be a sole female traveler,It's good to be discreet and have good preparation. Once I get there, I'll enjoy my trip.
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I would be more concerned about not getting run over when crossing a street than attacked by a terrorist.

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