Search ops on at Pathankot airbase station after intelligence inputs about 'suspicious men'

The operation is still on as a precautionary measure and more than 500 security personnel are engaged in it, she said.     

Published: 15th March 2017 02:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2017 02:17 PM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only | AP

By PTI

PATHANKOT: The Pathankot airbase station continued to remain on high alert as the search operation initiated in the area after an intelligence input about the presence of "suspicious men" continued into its second day today.     

The joint operation of the Punjab Police, Army, Air Force and Himachal Pradesh Police was launched yesterday in villages and other areas near the airbase which had witnessed a terror attack last year, Pathankot SSP Nilambari Vijayjagdale said.     

The operation is still on as a precautionary measure and more than 500 security personnel are engaged in it, she said.     

"Nothing suspicious has been sighted as yet. However, the search operation is still on," Vijayjagdale told PTI.     

The SSP said air surveillance is also being conducted using helicopters.     

Besides patrolling by security personnel, Quick Response Teams have also been deployed to check any suspicious activity, police said.     

Last year, terrorists had sneaked in from across the border and attacked the Pathankot airbase on the intervening night of January 1 and 2. The attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel, while four terrorists were killed.     

Dinanagar in Gurdaspur was targeted by terrorists on July 27 in 2015. Three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues had stormed a police station, killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Asian Games 2018