Villagers ‘spot’ armed men near Pak border

  • Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2016 10:16 IST
DIG Amar Singh Chahal (left) with his team at a border village in Ferozepur district on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Security forces on Thursday remained on their toes after some locals “spotted” four suspicious armed men in a village close to the Pakistan border in Ferozepur.

Ferozepur police and Border Security Force personnel (BSF) have launched a search operation in Changa Rai Uttar village, around 3 km from the border, in Guru Har Sahai sub-division of Ferozepur district.

Sources said a villager, Harjinder Kumar, on Wednesday night made a call to the local police control room saying he saw four suspicious-looking persons carrying firearms near the village cremation ground. Taking no chances, especially in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, security agencies launched a massive search operation in the area.

Another villager Bharat Bhushan also said he had seen four unidentified armed men near the cremation ground.

Ferozepur range deputy inspector general of police Amar Singh Chahal, senior superintendent of police Hardiyal Singh Mann, superintendent of police (headquarters) Ketan Baliram Patil and BSF commandant Gajender Yadav were monitoring the search operation. “Security forces have cordoned off the area and security has been beefed up in the adjoining areas,” said officials.

“Nothing suspicious has been found so far but we are not taking any chances. The operation is on and various security and intelligence agencies are in the loop,” DIG Chahal told HT.

On January 16, a GPS device was found outside the local railway police station. Efforts are on to recover the data of the device.

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