A day after the chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, P Bhattacharya, said that terrorists were still hiding in Pathankot and can attack the airbase again, Punjab police carried out a comprehensive search around the airbase for five hours, beginning at 5 am on Wednesday, but found no signs of terrorists hiding in the area
As many as 300 cops went to 30 villages near the airbase in different teams led by 5 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 2 Superintendents of Police and Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kaushal.
Kaushal said that the search did not suggest the presence of any terrorists.
- Pathankot airbase station on high alert, massive search ops on
- Pathankot: Police carry out massive search operation after terror alert
- In fact: Pathankot attacks expose challenges in securing Air Force bases
- Probing Pathankot – 4: Around the airbase
- Pathankot attack: Terrorists hid for 20 hours before strike, says Home Ministry official
- Terror attacks Pathankot air force base, India-Pakistan thaw
“An extensive search was carried out in 30 villages around the airbase. The deras of gujjars around the airbase were also thoroughly searched. Woman cops accompanied the police parties. Villagers and those residing in the deras were thoroughly questioned by police. The woman cops spoke to the women residing in the villages. There was nothing which suggested that any outsider was living in some village or dera,” Kaushal said.
“We are deploying more cops in the border areas in Pathankot district. Also we are focusing on strategic deployment in the wake of rainy season,” Kaushal said.
Bhattacharya who was in Jammu on Tuesday had said that committee had warned government of another terror attack.
“After returning from Pathankot, we had informed the government that there will be another terror attack because some terrorists are still hiding there,” Bhattacharya, who is a Congress MP, had said on Tuesday.