Gurdaspur, Pathankot remain on alert over suspected movement of terrorists

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Gurdaspur, Jan 7: Punjab's border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot remained on high alert and security forces conducted extensive search operations for the second day today in the wake of suspicion that some terrorists had sneaked in to carry out an attack.

Locals in a village near Tibri cantonment of Gurdaspur district yesterday reported sighting of two men in army uniform moving in suspicious manner, following which Army and police began the search operation.

Gurdaspur, Pathankot remain on alert .
Gurdaspur was targeted by Pakistani terrorists in July last year when a police station here was attacked while Pathankot was witness to a terror strike on Air base on last Saturday.

Significantly, a day before the Pathankot attack, there were reports of sighting of 4-5 terrorists after a Superintendent of Police was allegedly abducted.

"The two border districts of Gurdaspur and Pahankot are on high alert," said Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Toor today. Not ruling out the possibility of terrorists hiding, he said, "We are not taking any chance" and complete sanitisation will be carried out.

"Suspicion of possible terrorists is there.... We have cordoned off the entire area and combing operations are going on to sanitise it completly," the SSP said, while informing that no suspicious movement was noticed adjacent to Tibri cantonment today.

Security agencies were on their toes and a combing operation was being undertaken around Tibri military cantonment area here. "All vehicles and people, in and around the area, are being physically checked," Toor said, adding the situation was under control.

A farmer, Satnam Singh, of Pandher village was the first one to make the claim of having seen two men in army fatigues moving in suspicious manner when he was working in the fields, police had said. Pandher village is situated about one-and-a-half km away from the Tibri cantonment.

Police immediately swung into action and reported the matter to Army and a joint search operation was launched.

There were also reports that five terrorists had sneaked into the border area of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, following which army formations have been put on alert, officials said.

Six terrorists in army fatigues attacked the Air Base in Pathankot on Saturday last, leading to an encounter that lasted over four days.


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