Security forces from Pathankot and Gurdaspur district began a massive search operation from Tuesday in border belts between India and Pakistan.
The forces questioned shepherds from the Gujjar Community, as officers explore the possibility of the militants having local help, after Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini asserted that the global positioning system (GPS) found on militants was fed with information on July 21.
The DGP has also admitted that an analysis of the GPS had confirmed the route the militants took through the border belts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur on Monday morning.
Sources said the search and the combing operations are likely to continue for some days at least as there is a large area that needs to covered.
The Pathankot Police carried out search operations along the border belt of Bamial and Narot Jaimal Singh on Tuesday. A search operation was also launched along the border with Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, near the Ranjit Sagar Dam.
The search operation at Narot Jaimal Singh was led by DSP (rural) Prabhjot Singh Virk.
"Following instructions from Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal, we quizzed many families to gather some clues on the militants," DSP Virk said, claiming that village defence committees had been asked to step up vigil and report to the police, if any suspicious person was spotted.
"Our search will continue," the DSP added.
"So far, we have not found anything suspicious, but the force will continue the combing operations. We are exchanging information with our counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The army and the BSF are also in the loop."