Security beefed up at Bathinda air force station

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2016 00:02 IST

Following the terror attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force (IAF) base, a high-level meeting of IAF, army and Punjab Police officials was held at Bhisiana air force station, situated about 18km from here, even as security was beefed up on its premises.

It is this air force station from where 28-year-old leading aircraftsman Ranjith KK was arrested on December 29 by central agencies and the Delhi crime branch for allegedly passing on sensitive information to Pakistani intelligence agencies. Ranjith, who joined the air force in 2010, was reportedly posted at Bhisiana for the past almost three years. He is accused of spying and leaking vital information regarding movement of aircraft at Bathinda and other IAF bases across Punjab, including Pathankot.

Soon after receiving reports of the Pathankot terrorist attack, Nanak Singh, superintendent of police (headquarters), visited the air force station to review security arrangements.

Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said a coordination meeting with IAF and army officials was held to work out ways to tackle a Pathankot-like situation.

Sharma added that elaborate deployment of security had been made inside the IAF station in view of the red alert sounded after the Pathankot terror attack.

“Intensive patrolling by police personnel will be done around the boundary wall of the air force station to keep tabs on every activity and individual,” Sharma added.

He said the Bathinda police would remain in touch with IAF officials to ensure better coordination.

Meanwhile, IAF personnel remained on their toes throughout the day. Vehicles were allowed to enter the air force station premises only after an elaborate inspection.

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