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Pathankot terror alert: Airbase continues to be guarded for second day

Following an intelligence input on Tuesday about a threat to the country’s premier air base at Pathankot, the security agencies remained on their toes on the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2017 23:47 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Two choppers kept hovering over the air base round the clock while it made several sorties near the Chakki River where Punjab shares its boundaries with Himachal Pradesh.
Two choppers kept hovering over the air base round the clock while it made several sorties near the Chakki River where Punjab shares its boundaries with Himachal Pradesh.(HT File Photo)

Following an intelligence input on Tuesday about a threat to the country’s premier airbase at Pathankot, the security agencies remained on their toes on the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

The air surveillance, with the help of attack helicopters and ground security, remained busy with the Quick Response Teams (QRT) to thwart any threat of militants on the security establishments which are told to be on the terrorist radar once again.

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Two choppers kept hovering over the airbase round the clock while it made several sorties near the Chakki River where Punjab shares its boundaries with Himachal Pradesh. The vehicles coming from Jammu and Kashmir were also checked thoroughly at Madhopur and Kathlore bridge.

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Police however was seen combing the rear sides of the air force which has a large number of villages and was the route of the militants who had stormed the Pathankot Air Force Station on January 2 last year.

The security agencies guarding the airbase from inside were also reported to be on high alert to keep their assets which includes fighter planes and helicopters safe.

Pathankot SSP Nilambari Vijay Jagdalay, who had also been coordinating with the Air Force and army officials told HT, “The search may last for another few days till the forces get a safe signal from the security agencies.”

She, however, denied having any lead in this input imparted by the IB but claimed that any input was a serious matter for the police.