Pathankot on high alert over suspicious movement, search ops on

Around 400 security men including SWAT team have been deployed by Punjab Police for the search operation.

Pathankot: High alert was sounded and a massive search operation was launched in Pathankot on Tuesday following inputs about suspicious movement of some people around the area.

Around 400 security personnel including SWAT team have been deployed for conducting the search operation by the Punjab Police. The Army has also been alerted.

“There was a specific input about the presence of some suspicious men roaming around on Pathankot-Dalhousie road. Following this, a massive search operation has been launched. The area has been cordoned off on Pathankot-Dalhousie road to locate suspects,” Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal said.

Punjab Police and Border Security Force (BSF) had jointly carried out search operation and flag march in villages near Indo-Pak border on September 25 to thwart any attempt by intruders coming from across the border.

An alert was also sounded in the border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur in the wake of terror strike on an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pathankot IAF base was struck by a terror attack on the intervening night of January 1-2 where seven soldiers had martyred and four terrorists had been killed.

Dinanagar in Gurdaspur had also been targeted on July 27, 2015 when three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues, had stormed a police station killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.