Amid ‘Uri revenge’ calls, panic over IAF sorties in Pathankot
The thundering aircraft in the skies over Pathankot in the wee hours of Friday led to panic and curiosity among the people about a possible war. And, a tweet of a Pakistani journalist about F16s in action on the other side of the border added fuel to the fire.
The aircraft sorties are a routine in Pathankot and people generally are least bothered about them, but residents are concerned nowadays amid talks of revenge after the Uri terror attack.
The curious residents were seen on rooftops watching aircrafts flying over their heads, most of them nearly convinced that it’s war.
“I slept at 3am as aircraft continued to thunder over our homes till 2am,” said Vimal Kumar, who lives near the air force station here.
“Aircraft make sorties everyday here, but the tense situation in the country made us believe that there was something wrong,” he added.
“I kept watching TV till late night,” said Sanjay Kumar, another resident, who also spent the night in panic. “We are more curious and worried because we live near the air base and the military installation. I have seen wars in 1965 and 1971 and Pathankot was one of the enemy targets,” he said.
None of the Air Force officials was willing to tell anything, but senior superintendent of police Rakesh Kaushal said that people must not get panicked with such types of activities as the forces keep themselves ready to deal with any situation.
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