Police were on their toes on Saturday after locals “spotted two suspicious persons with backpacks” in Bhagwan Nagar area near the Dholewal military camp here.
Taking no chances, especially in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, police sounded an alert and launched a massive search operation to locate the suspects.
It is believed that a surveillance camera installed in the area has captured the images of the suspects. Police are scanning the footage.
After the alert, the army also carried out a search operation inside the military complex.
According to sources, the suspects tried to barge into the house of area councillor Arjan Singh Cheema, but when he resisted the suspected fled from the spot.
Cheema claimed that on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, two suspects knocked the front door of his house. The suspects had their faces covered with a piece of cloth. When Cheema asked them about their identity, the suspects tried to barge into his house. However, they fled from the spot after the councillor raised alarm.
Cheema said he initially thought the suspects were burglars. However, when he saw the footage of the CCTV at his house, he noticed that suspects were carrying backpacks. He immediately informed police.
Some local residents also claimed to have spotted two suspects scaling the roofs of the houses in the area.
Additional police force was rushed to the area and each and every house of the locality was searched.
Deputy commissioner of police Narinder Bhargav monitored the search operation in Bhagwan Nagar area.All entry points to the city have been sealed and vehicles coming in and going out of the city were being thoroughly checked.
Police, meanwhile, recovered an abandoned Maruti Esteem Car from Joshi Nagar in Haibowal area. The registration plate was damaged and no ocument was found in the car.