After the terror attack at Pathankot airbase, news has been circulating about two more suspected Pakistan-trained terrorists trying to attack a key military facility in Gurdaspur raising concerns of security forces.
As per media reports, the two suspected militants in army fatigues were spotted moving suspiciously near the Gurdaspur Army Cantonment by locals.
After the locals informed the police and military, an Israel-trained SWAT team has been deployed to bring the militants out in the open. While the area is being manned through aerial surveillance, troop movement is also on.
Reacting, Punjab Police DIG (Border Range) Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said, “We are not ruling out anything. Why take risks.”
Pandher village, where the new offensive is being planned , is 20 km off the India-Pakistan border and in the immediate vicinity of Tibri Military Cantonment. It is not far from the Pathankot IAF station either. All roads leading to Tibri have been blocked and a high alert has been sounded in the area.
Meanwhile, one more witness has claimed to have seen two suspected terrorists who had asked him about Indian ‘platoon’ position near Tibri cantonment.
This was when the army and the police have launched a manhunt to nab the suspected cross border infiltrators. Lovepreet Singh, 24, of Tibri said on 7 January two persons dressed in army fatigues asked him to “ruka, ruka” and “tumhari platoon kahan bethi hai.” (They asked him about the army’s cantonment or platoon position)
The two suspects were dressed in long jackets and camouflage pants. I couldn’t understand their language which raised my suspicion, he said.