Post Pathankot, Hindon air base on high alert

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2016 11:48 IST
In the wake of the terror attack on the Indian Air Force’s base in Pathankot on Saturday, security was tightened across Noida and Ghaziabad. (HT Photo)

Security at the Hindon Air Force Station was tightened immediately after reports of the terrorist attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot came in on Saturday. Top officials of the Ghaziabad police held a meeting with air force officials to review security measures in the area.

The police officials reached the Hindon air base at 12 noon and held a meeting with Air Commodore Nagesh Kapoor where they discussed various points regarding security.

The first point discussed was setting up of a communication line between the control rooms of the Ghaziabad police control and the Hindon air base.

“We have been talking about the system for a while now and it is high time that it materialises. A direct hotline between the Ghaziabad police control room and Hindon air base control room will be established to enable smooth and efficient communication between the two,” said Dharmendra Singh, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ghaziabad.

“Information about any suspicious activity can then reach the Ghaziabad police immediately so that we can deploy our force accordingly,” he added.

Among other measures, security has also been tightened in the villages and towns near Ghaziabad.

“Circle officers of nearby areas have been asked to be on high alert. All information by intelligence forces will be shared between us and the air force officials. Members of our intelligence units will be deployed in nearby areas like Karheda and Pasonda villages in civil clothes,” added Singh.

Patrolling and vehicle checking was also started around the Hindon air base area. Two PCR vehicles and 20 police personnel have been deployed there.

“Security officials present at the air base are patrolling its inner quarters and the local police is patrolling the outer quarters,” said Dr Ajay Pal Sharma, superintendent of police (city), Ghaziabad.

According to Sharma, tight security arrangements have been scheduled for the next three days.

“After the attack in Pathankot, the Hindon air base is on high alert because of its vicinity to the national capital and because it holds many important pieces of equipment of the air force,” he said.

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