ALARMED BY the rising threat perception, the Air Force authorities in the district tightened the security arrangement around the Air Force station on Friday. They also organised a meeting with the local people, including the village heads, at Kusmi Bazar and stressed the need for awareness among the people and better cooperation with armymen to counter any possible terrorist attack.
Delivering his views on this occasion, chief security officer of the Air Force station, Wing Commander Sanjay Trivedi said the Air Force station of the district was strategically very significant. It was closest to the Indo-Nepal border and considerable increase in terrorist activities in Nepal had increased the sensitivity of the Air Force station.
Trivedi said to create awareness and to establish communication with the local people, the Air Force authorities had decided to organise various programmes, including a security fortnight from August 18 to September 2. He exhorted the village heads and the local people to identify suspected persons and to inform the Air Force authorities. Without the cooperation of the local people, the defence personnel could not perform their duty effectively, he said, adding that it was the collective responsibility of every citizen. Flying safety warrant officers RP Sharma and RP Rai said the Indian Army was well in a position to give a befitting reply to any possible terrorist attack.
They advised the local people not to leave the dead animals in the open field, check sale of the meat in the open market and to keep a vigil on the activities of the people in nearby villages.
Earlier, the local police also conducted a combing operation around the Air Force premises and Kusmi jungle.