Shoot-on-sight posters pasted on Pathankot airbase walls

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Jun 10, 2016 00:47 IST
Wall of Pathankot Air Force Station bearing a warning message. (HT Photo)

Following the shoot-on-sight orders issued by security agencies on most of the strategic air bases of the country, now posters carrying warning messages have been pasted on most of the walls of Pathankot Air Base.

The posters read both in Hindi and Punjabi that anybody trying to intrude into the air base would be shot at without any warning.

Under normal circumstances in the past, a warning used to be issued before shooting an intruder while the clear instructions passed now contains only shooting orders.

The posters have also been pasted on the rear side of the walls from where the Pakistani militants had sneaked into the air base, who later were killed in the 82 hours long encounter in January this year.

The wall surrounds air base and has a large number of villages sharing their boundaries with the Air Force Station spread in nearly 23 acres of land.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that on some specific input, the security forces, which include Punjab Police, Border Security Force (BSF) and Army have increased their vigil on the border villages; while a flag march in nearly twenty border villages in Narot Jaimal Singh Block and Bamyal Post was also taken out early on Thursday morning.

However, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pathankot Rakesh Kaushal, who termed this flag march as a routine practice, claimed that the march was to instigate the sense of confidence among the villagers, who are also helping security agencies by passing on information from time to time.

He claimed that on zero line in nearly twenty villages, this flag march was taken out and “we are keeping a close eye on the shepherd community, which has settled here on the border villages and can be used by the infiltrating militant groups for their purposes,” he added.

He admitted that Air Force authorities have pasted posters, which was their own style of keeping their area guarded from any intrusion, SSP said.

Pathankot Air Base was attacked on January 2 this year by heavily armed militants, who were later killed by the security agencies; while three militants had stormed Dinanagar Police Station last year, who were also gunned down by the SWAT team of Punjab Police.

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