Pathankot terror attack: Shoot-at-sight order at airbases

Indian Air Force has issued shoot-at-sight orders against anyone attempting to scale the walls of the bases under sensitive Western Air Command in the backdrop of the terror attack on Pathankot air base in Punjab.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2016 9:32 am
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In the aftermath of the Pathankot airbase terror attack last month, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued “shoot-at-sight” orders at all its airbases under the Western Air Command (WAC). A senior IAF official Wednesday said the IAF had also urged the government to clear a comprehensive security proposal with an estimated cost of nearly Rs 8,000 crore for its 54 airbases across in the country.

“In light of the intelligence inputs received post and during Pathankot attacks, all the air force stations within WAC have been on high alert. Thus, there are shoot-at-sight orders in place for trespassers,” the official said.

According to the official, the IAF audit that followed the attack did not find major lapses in the security of the Pathankot station. But he said that based on the findings of the audit, the IAF has urged the government to take steps to curb encroachments along the peripheral walls of air force stations besides seeking more guard commandos to respond to future situations like Pathankot.

Meanwhile, the IAF has also undertaken trimming of “vegetation” around the Pathankot base that may have been used by the terrorists for hiding.

The special audit of the Pathankot station was carried out by two teams under the control of Directorate of Air Staff Inspection, based on the Chief of Air Staff’s orders.

The committee that was being headed by Air Officer Administration “did not find” major lapses in the security of the Pathankot base, the official said.

“There are some internal observations which are being implemented,” he added, claiming that the possibility of an insider’s involvement was not yet ruled out.

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