Amritsar: Acting on the directions of Union Home Ministry, related to terrorists’ threat to airports, Amritsar police carried out an extensive search operation in periphery of Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport on Sunday and decided to hold joint patrolling along with the Air Force and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personals. Both Air Force personnel and CISF participated in the search operation.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar, Rural, Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said that following intelligence input of threat to airports in north India, police carried out a search operation in the funnel area of airport.
“We carried out search in villages located on periphery of airport, checked houses, abandoned places, farm land, thick growth of trees and bushes and vehicle also,” he said.
Khakh added, “We have asked Panchayat’s to inform police about any outsider coming to stay in the village.”
He said from now on, joint patrolling of police, Air Force and CISF would be carried out as part of extensive security measure.
Notably Amritsar’s international airport is also on the target of cross-border terrorists and the same was confirmed after the militants who had stormed at the Pathankot Air Force base earlier this year had inquired about the route to Amritsar airport from the persons abducted by them.
Following the incident, security administration at Airport had suspended pick and drop service, entry into visitors gallery and had also banned entry of devotees in Gurdwara Santsar situated in the airport’s operational area
Amritsar’s international airport is considered to be one of the hyper-sensitive airports in India due to its proximity with Pakistan. As many as three hijacked planes have landed here in the past.
Airport Director, Gagan Malik said, “Airport caters to as many as 60-70 domestic and international flights and they have asked CISF for strengthening security of the airport.”
Khakh said that a round-the-clock Quick Reaction Team (QRT) vehicle, fitted with Light Machine Gun (LMG), has been deployed in the funnel area. He said that as many as 600 personnel from police, Air Force and CISF participated in search operation.
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