PM Modi leaves for Pathankot, may address soldiers at air base

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2016 11:17 IST
Indian Air Force personnel stand guard at the air force base at Pathankot during search operation, in Punjab, India on Tuesday, January 06, 2016. (Hindustan Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Pathankot and will be arriving at the airbase around arriving at airbase later in the day .

According to reliable sources, Modi will also conduct an aerial survey of Punjab’s border areas and address soldiers at the air base.

District administration officials, however, claimed there was no confirmation yet about the visit.

Punjab Police deputy inspector general Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh told HT that tight security arrangements were already in place.

There is large media presence outside the airbase, which witnessed a terror attack that left seven security personnel and at least six terrorists dead almost a week ago.

Meanwhile on Friday, security forces declared that the sprawling Air Force station in Pathankot in Punjab was fully sanitised after a massive combing operation spanning over three days.

“The combing operation at the Air Force station is over,” a senior IAF official said, adding the entire area has been sanitised.

The sanitisation operation had been going on for the last three days ever since the six terrorists were gunned down after in a four-day gunfight.

The operation to ensure that no terrorist was hiding was carried out jointly by Army, NSG and IAF’s Garud commandos.

The Pathankot attack, in which seven security personnel were also martyred, has been blamed on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.

(With inputs from PTI)

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