No high alert in Punjab border areas: Police
Earlier, some news reports had said that the security agencies were put on high alert in these border areas of Punjab.Updated: Dec 23, 2017 18:04 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Top police officials of Gurdaspur and Pathankot have denied news reports of security agencies being put on high alert in the border areas of Punjab on Saturday.
Earlier, some news reports had said that the security agencies were put on high alert after intelligence inputs of infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan.
There were also reports that the security was tightened in Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts, particularly at the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot that bore the brunt of the terror attack on January 2, 2016, and the nearby Mamoon cantonment of the army.
Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) H SBhullar said that he had not received any such intelligence inputs.
Similarly, Pathankot SSP, Viveksheel Soni also dismissed the reports and said false news regarding the high security alert in Pathankot was being telecast by one electronic news channel.
Suspected Pakistani terrorists had on July 27, 2015, attacked Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district, 225 km from here, killing seven persons, including a Punjab Police officer, three Home Guards and three civilians. The three terrorists were killed after an 11-hour gunbattle with security forces at Dinanagar police station.
India’s international border with Pakistan falls also in both districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot adjoining Jammu and Kashmir.
(The story has been updated)
First Published: Dec 23, 2017 14:03 IST