India’s border guards shot dead a suspected infiltrator along the border with Pakistan in Punjab’s Pathankot district but two others are feared to have escaped, officials said on Saturday.
In an unrelated incident in Jammu, police recovered five Indian army uniforms and related military paraphernalia on the Samba-Kathua highway, raising fears of militant movement in the area which saw a brazen attack on an army camp earlier this week that left seven Indian soldiers dead.
Pakistan-based militants have repeatedly targeted Indian defence installations in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir this year, starting with a siege of an air force base in Pathankot in January.
In the latest attack on the Army camp at Nagrota near Jammu on Tuesday, the militants were dressed in police uniform. The place from where the uniforms were recovered on Friday is about 50 km from Nagrota.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA), probing the Pathankot air base, say the Pakistani militants had entered India near the Dhinda border outpost, the same area where the intruder was shot dead late on Friday night.
“BSF troops observed some suspicious movement near the Dhinda post around 10:39 pm on Friday. They challenged the infiltrators and in the ensuing gunfight one infiltrator was shot dead,” an intelligence official said.
He said there were probably two more infiltrators who might have fled back to Pakistan.
A police official said the army uniforms, a belt and some pouches were found abandoned near Pla on Samba-Kathua highway.
The official, however, said the uniforms might have fallen from a vehicle on which they were being transported, but could not explain why it appeared to be hidden under a culvert.
BSF sources said security has been tightened in Jammu and Pathankot.