In wake of the terror attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, residents of Jheurheri village which is located adjacent to the Chandigarh International Airport are exercising caution to ensure their safety.
From deployment of manpower to conduct checks at night to asking people to remain alert, the village head said they were leaving no stone unturned to address gaps in security.
“I have asked all the villagers to keep a close watch on everything that goes on in the village,” Gurpal Singh Sidhu, the village sarpanch, told Chandigarh Newsline. “I have informed all the villagers about the attack and also asked milkmen, who wake up early in the morning, to report anything suspicious.”
The village, which shares its boundary with the airport premises, has around 250 households and a population of 1,000, which is mostly into farming. The police had combed the village several times after the attack.
The villagers said that they had deployed two boys to keep vigil at night. “I have also asked all the young men to keep a tab on outsiders in the village,” said Singh.
Singh himself has been sleeping late at night for the last few days. “These days I remain awake till 1 am. I often step out at night to check if everything is alright,” he said.
Harinder Singh, a panch in the village, said, “We have started collecting the identity details of people who stay on rent in Jheurheri. We send these to the police.”
The residents also rued that the village doesn’t have adequate security arrangements.
“The airport officials have deployed security guards at the main gate and outside the airport premises,” said a villager. “But there are some areas near the airport that do not have foolproof security measures. The police should look into this.”
Harnaik Singh, another villager, said that the airport authorities had started checking vehicles that visit the airport premises only after the attack.
“This practice should have been adopted from the beginning,” he said.