The pre-dawn terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri on Sunday morning has put security forces of Punjab on high alert.
Heavily armed militants attacked a strategic military base in Uri and killed 17 soldiers, triggering calls for a fierce Indian retaliation on Pakistan that was seen to be behind the strike.
Punjab Police, air force security agencies, Border Security Force (BSF), army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and all intelligence agencies, which have made a common grid to deal with terror threats, remained engaged in discussions after reports poured in about the Uri attack.
Pathankot, which has already been put on the list of sensitive towns after the attack on the country’s premier Air Base on January 2, witnessed movements of security agencies around the air force station and other army establishments throughout Sunday.
The army has large bases surrounding Pathankot, while the air force station is surrounded by many small villages.
Pakistani militants had also attacked the Dinanagar police station in 2015 and had planted explosives on the railway track near Dinanagar, which had failed to detonate.
SSP Rakesh Kaushal told Hindustan Times security agencies were not taking chances and that personnel on duty had been asked to remain extra cautious.
Kaushal further said that he was in touch with the officials of the air force station and the army over the issue of security.
“As we are providing outer security cover and the BSF is guarding the borders, we will ask locals, particularly those living near the India-Pakistan border, to help security forces and inform us about any suspicious movement. We have intensified checking along the state borders. We have also started frisking those entering the state by state and private transport,” the SSP said.