Hours after security forces called off the search for suspected terrorists at Pandheri village, another manhunt was launched to trace the two men, reportedly armed and in army fatigues, in Tibri.
The Tibri Military Station is a strategic installation spread over 2,500 acres.
Senior SP Gurpreet Singh Toor told HT that army personnel, Punjab police, Border Security Force and the SWAT teams were rushed to Tibri after a youth claimed to have seen two terrorists.
Toor said the forces were searching all buildings, including the abandoned ones, at Tibri and other nearby villages.
The youth, Lavpreet Singh, said he was stopped by two men in military fatigues around 7 pm on Friday when he was returning home. He said the men, one of them “tall and stout”, asked him the location of the Tibri cantonment.
The men, who wore magazines across their chests and swimming goggles with torches fitted on them, tried to attack him when he feigned ignorance about the location of the cantonment, said the 22-year-old who fled on his bicycle. One of the men was carrying a “loaded bag”, he added.
While Luvpreet claims that the army and local police personnel deployed the nearby checkpost dismissed his account of the incident, SSP Toor said the forces were taking all information on the suspected terrorists seriously.