Punjab’s Pathankot was put on alert after police found two suspicious bags near Mamun army cantonment according to a report published in The Indian Express. The news agency ANI also reported that 2 mobile tower batteries were found from the bags after the search. According to the news agency PTI, one of the two unattended bags was found lying near Dalhousie Chowk in which the police found the batteries.
Reacting to the situation, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni told PTI, “A bag containing some batteries was left at Dalhousie Chowk by a local trader after he had a fight with someone.” The person who left the bag was detained, he said, adding that there was no terror angle behind the incident. Pathankot had hogged limelight after a terror attack on the air force base here in 2016 in which seven security personnel were killed.
On January 2nd 2016, the Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force was attacked by a group of heavily armed terrorists Four terrorists were killed by the security forces, and the Indian Armed forces lost three brave men including NSG’s Lt Col Niranjan, who attained martyrdom when a bomb exploded while he was inspecting a terrorist’s body.
Meanwhile, Punjab police have conducted massive research operation on Wednesday as well to track three people who had gone missing after abandoning a robbed SUV at a village in Pathankot. According to The Indian Express, the police seized the vehicle but didn’t find anything suspicious in it. Pathankot SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said the trio was not dressed in the army or police fatigues, as was the case with the terrorists in the 2015 Gurdaspur attack.