An alert was sounded at the Sree Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar after a bag was found abandoned under suspicious circumstances in the parking zone of the airport.
The small-sized suitcase was spotted abandoned in the parking opposite the main terminal building. Police and CISF troops have cordoned off the area and an anti-sabotage team has been called in. The suitcase was spotted in the morning by a few cleaners, who then informed the CISF staff. After police found the bag to be suspicious, the state bomb squad was called in.
In an interesting turn of events, a Turkmenistan-bound passenger has claimed that he left behind his briefcase — which he said contains watches — at the Amritsar airport. He has also handed over the security code of the briefcase to the security agencies.
Further investigation is on.
The parking lot has been cordoned off and the visitor entry into the airport has also been restricted. 4-5 sniffer dogs are also at the spot.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, security agencies had swung into action around the Pathankot Indian Air Force base and the Mamoon cantonment area in Pathankot after intelligence input about a possible terror attack was received by the local police.
With the input coming in the afternoon, heavy deployment was done around the airbase — which was attacked by terrorists in January last year — by the army’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, paramilitary troops and the police. The IAF also conducted aerial surveillance through a helicopter that continuously hovered over key defence establishments.
The urgency shown by the security forces left residents in panic. Shopkeepers near the base were asked to down shutters. The media that thronged the area in large numbers, however, was left guessing as no officer was ready to speak.
Later, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Vijay Jagdalay told HT over phone that there was an alert by the Intelligence Bureau about a “suspected act of some anti-national group on the airbase”. Asked if an alert was sounded for the Mamoon cantonment too, she said the army was active after the alert.