Terror alert in Pathankot region as cops intercept Pak ‘plan’ phone call

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 18:25 IST
Checking of vehicles going on in Pathankot on Saturday. (HT Photo)

An alert was sounded in Pathankot after a call between two Pakistani nationals was intercepted by security agencies late on Friday evening.

In the intercepted call, a Pak national was being asked to come over to Pathankot or Dinanagar for “further plans”.

Information regarding the call was shared with the Punjab Police by its counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Subsequently, Punjab Police coordinated with the army and Border Security Force (BSF) and has started strengthening its border at Madhopur, Kandwal and Dhar Block, where Punjab shares its borders with HP and Jammu and Kashmir.

Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal told HT that, on Friday, a call was intercepted in which a person, possibly using a satellite phone, was heard saying “Come to Pathankot or Dinanagar. After that we will discuss the plans”.

SSP said he had informed the Army, Air Force and BSF to remain alert.

After receiving the input, Punjab police conducted massive search operations late last night comprising 400 security people including Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and BSF personnel.

“We are not taking any chances. Security has been tightened in the border areas of Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Batala,” said a police officer posted in Gurdaspur on Saturday.

Vehicles going towards and coming from Jammu and Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh are being checked thoroughly.

Special ‘nakas’ were put up at entry points and other areas in Pathankot and Gurdaspur by police with the assistance of BSF, police said.

Tight vigil is being kept near Indo-Pak borders areas, police said.

The Pathankot attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed.

Three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues, had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district last year killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.

(With agency input)

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