Pathankot on high alert after 'suspicious people' spotted

The Pathankot Air Force station had come under a deadly terrorist attack earlier this year. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Pathankot, Punjab, India Sep 27, 2016, 03.40 PM (IST)

A high alert was sounded in India's northern city of Pathankot after suspicious people were sighted in the area. Search operations, involving 400 security personnel, have been launched on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road in the state of Punjab.

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team along with the Punjab police have been involved in the search operations along the border from where terrorists had struck the Indian Air Force base in January this year.

"There was a specific input about the presence of some suspicious men roaming around on Pathankot-Dalhousie road. Following this, a massive search operation has been launched here," Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal told PTI.

"The area has been cordoned off on Pathankot-Dalhousie road to locate suspects," he said.

The Punjab police and the Border Security Force (BSF) had carried out joint operations in villages around the India-Pakistan border on September 25.

The Pathankot attack had killed seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed.

Three armed terrorists in army-like clothing had attacked a police station in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district of Punjab last year. Seven persons, including a superintendent of police, were killed in the incident.

(WION with inputs from PTI)