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Pathankot on red alert a day after ‘suspicious’ armed men spotted

india Updated: Sep 28, 2016 13:29 IST
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Security personnel during a search operation in Pathankot after an alert was sounded following inputs about suspicious movement of ‘armed men’. (PTI File Photo)

Security agencies carried out a night-long search operation in Pathankot district of Punjab to look for some armed men seen by local residents, police said on Wednesday.

“We carried out a search operation around Chakki river bank and the nearby forest area, but nothing has been found so far. The search operation began on Tuesday and carried on through the night,” Pathankot district police chief Rakesh Kaushal said.

An extensive search operation began in Pathankot on Tuesday following reports that some local residents had spotted four armed “suspicious men”.

The area searched, lying close to the Punjab-Himachal Pradesh-Jammu and Kashmir border, is around 250km from here.

However, no arrests were made, police officials said.

Search operations have been carried out by security forces in Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts every month after the January 2 terror attack this year.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot on January 2, leaving seven security personnel dead.

The attack was preceded by a terror assault by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of neighbouring Gurdaspur district on July 27 last year.