Police on toes chasing rumours

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2016 22:41 IST
Punjab Police Jawan in position during search operation at village Pandher on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Security agencies have failed to reach conclusions in the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase. The local police, meanwhile, are on their toes chasing different rumours on suspected people.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies seem to be groping in the dark. They undertake daily visits of the airbase and the Bamial sector. The porous border at the point has a rough terrain with the Ravi river flowing, and tall grass standing. The 750-metre area is without a barbed fence. Officials say the terrain and the fast current of the river sway the fence in case it is erected.

Air force officials on Friday had to cancel the media’s scheduled visit to the site of the encounter as NIA officials kept them occupied for they wanted to inspect each and every point in the air force area to find clues as to how the terrorists entered the high-security area with so much ammunition.

The officials, who are also quizzing Punjab Police superintendent of police (SP) Salwinder Singh and his two associates, also visited the route which the SP had taken after his visit to the religious place from where he was abducted.

Intelligence agencies are also considering the arrest of a Military Engineer Services (MES) employee from the air force station on Thursday, who could have helped the terrorists by changing the direction of the floodlights on the fence.

The three suspected “mentally challenged” people, who were picked by the police recently near the airbase for suspicious behaviour, have also not revealed anything.

Meanwhile, rumours about suspected men are flying thick and fast keeping the local police on their toes. On Friday morning, helicopters were pressed into the Bamial area where someone had claimed that he had seen terrorists in the area, while nothing was found later.

Pathankot station Air Officer Commanding (AOC) JS Dhamoon claimed that the investigating agencies were taking care of each and every clue in the airbase and outside to reach a conclusion.

Meanwhile, Pathankot SSP RK Bakshi said the police were on their toes as they could not take any news lightly.

RPF DGP takes stock of security at railway station

Pathankot: Government Railway Police director general of police RR Verma on Friday visited the Pathankot Cantt railway station. Around 200 trains pass daily from this junction.

Verma was seen ordering officials to gear up security. The railway station is 500 metres from the Pathankot airbase gate. Scores of army officials and other security forces daily board trains from here.

The DGP, accompanied by senior officials, pointed to the tall grass at the station. He told the officials to ensure cleanliness and to make all CCTV cameras operational at the earliest.

He said he had instructed the officials to ensure foolproof security of the railway station. He said he also told officials to soon make barracks for security personnel.

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