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Threatening calls`: jails security beefed up

LAHORE: Security was tightened in and around two jailsDistrict Camp Jail and Kot Lakhpat Central Jailand other government establishments on Thursday after police received calls threatening terrorist attacks on such places.

Officials said the outer security of all jails in the province had already been enhanced following a meeting called by Punjab chief secretary a few days ago.

DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir toldthat police patrol outside the two city jails and police establishments had been enhanced after at least five calls were received threatening attacks on the pattern of Bannu jailbreak and Lahore railway station blast. He said it appeared that a man with Pashto accent had been making these calls on 15 emergency number using different SIMs.

Rai Tahir said it was being suspected the calls were work of some hoaxer and efforts were being made to track down the culprit.

The DIG said three patrolling vehicles, each having seven policemen, had been deployed around Kot Lakhpat jail while two such vehicles would patrol near the Camp Jail round-theclock in three shifts.

Camp Jail Superintendent Ejaz Asghar said iron barriers had been installed and concrete bunkers built outside the jail, besides improving rooftop vigilance.

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