The National Security Agency (NSA) has alerted the Pathankot Air Force station of a possible aerial attack which may be carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfits through microlight aircraft, including gliders, and paramotors, following which the authorities have distributed posters asking residents to be cautious of such aerial vehicles.
Sources claim that the authorities have gone into an overdrive warning residents of ‘aerial offensive’ after NSA sent alerts claiming that Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed may be planning attacks.
The airbase has been declared a sensitive zone after the January 2 attack in which four militants and seven security personnel were killed. On July 27 last year, three terrorists had laid siege to the police station in the border town of Dinanagar, 25 km from Pathankot, before they were gunned down after a 12-hour battle.
Several posters have been distributed in last couple of days in colonies falling on the periphery of the airbase. These posters show pictures of gliders and have also listed telephone numbers of officials whom to contact if locals spot any such ‘aerial threat’.
Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal said he was in touch with the airbase officials and added that security in and around the city had been tightened.
The police are laying emphasis on villages located near the international border and have also been holding security drills, including flag marches, in these areas.