Pathankot, Gurdaspur put on high alert after security agencies intercept militants' calls from Pakistan

TOI reported that a call from Pakistan was intercepted by the security agencies “suggesting movement of some suspects”.

Updated: Aug 20, 2016, 23:21 PM IST
Pathankot, Gurdaspur put on high alert after security agencies intercept militants' calls from Pakistan

Chandigarh: A high security alert has been reportedly sounded in the border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot after the security agencies intercepted calls made by militants from Pakistan regarding movement of their associates.

TOI reported that a call from Pakistan was intercepted by the security agencies “suggesting movement of some suspects”.

Pathankot and Gurdaspur cities are under tight vigil with with the security forces conducting massive checking operation, the report said citing the police.

On the intervening night of January 1-2, terrorists had sneaked from across the border and attacked the Pathankot air base.

Also on July 27 last year, Dinanagar in Gurdaspur was targeted.

"Security agencies intercepted a call from Pakistan on Friday evening in which callers were heard saying about movement of suspects in a truck to Pathankot or Dinanangar in (Gurdaspur)," TOI quoted the police as saying.

After receiving the input, a large team of Punjab police, comprising 400 personnel, including Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and BSF personnel, conducted massive search operations late last night.

"We are not taking any chances. Security has been tightened in the border areas of Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Batala," a police officer reportedly said.

The report said that all vehicles going towards and coming from Jammu and Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh are being checked thoroughly.

Special check post were also put up at the entry points and other areas in Pathankot and Gurdaspur.

Also tight vigil is being kept near Indo-Pak borders areas, police said.

The Pathankot attack early this year had claimed the lives of seven security personnel.