Troops hunt for 2 more ‘ter­ror­ists’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aseem Bassi and Ka­maljit Singh Ka­mal let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GUR­DASPUR: Se­cu­rity per­son­nel in­clud­ing an Is­rael-trained SWAT team spilled into the fields and by­ways of Pun­jab’s Pandher vil­lage on Thurs­day to flush out two sus­pected mil­i­tants, with au­thor­i­ties fear­ing an at­tack on a key mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity days af­ter a terror siege at the nearby Pathankot air­base.

Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Gur­preet Singh Toor con­firmed that gov­ern­ment forces were pre­pared for an of­fen­sive a day af­ter lo­cals re­ported see­ing two men in mil­i­tary fa­tigues act­ing sus­pi­ciously near the army can­ton­ment in Gur­daspur dis­trict. When con­fronted, the men took cover in a sug­ar­cane field, wit­nesses said.

“A drone helped lo­cate their ex­act lo­ca­tion and by Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the army and po­lice teams took po­si­tion,” a po­lice source said. Sol­diers con­cealed them­selves on rooftops, be­hind trees and at a brick kiln as ar­moured ve­hi­cles and mor­tar guns rolled into the vil­lage in the af­ter­noon.

A he­li­copter had con­ducted a sur­veil­lance sor­tie ear­lier in the day. “We are not tak­ing any chances. We are not rul­ing out any­thing,” said Pun­jab Po­lice DIG (border range) Kun­war Vi­jay Par­tap Singh.

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