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Grenade explosion near Pathankot army cantonment, police call “terrorist attack”


A grenade explosion occurred near the gate to the army cantonment in Pathankot, following which an alert was raised in the border district, police said on Monday. No casualties were reported in the incident which took place on Sunday evening and was described as a “terrorist attack” by police.

Unidentified motorcycle attackers threw the grenade in front of the Triveni Dwar in the military zone near Dheerapul here, police said. When asked about the type of grenade used in the attack, Police Director General Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota told PTI: “It was a Chinese-made P-86 grenade.” Police said they were examining CCTV footage of the area to identify the attackers.

“The CCTV footage is being analyzed,” said Surendra Lamba, chief police superintendent Pathankot. After the explosion, an alert was raised in Pathankot and surrounding areas. Vehicle checks have been stepped up at various points in and around the district.

A case under relevant articles of the Explosives Law has been registered in connection with the incident, police said. Pathankot police and army personnel conducted a search near the border area under Narot Jaimal Singh police station after some villagers claimed to have noticed suspicious people on Sunday.

After receiving the information, the search operation was carried out using a drone, a police official said. Notably, the Pathankot Air Force base was attacked by terrorists in January 2016. Another terrorist attack took place at a police station in Dinanagar, in the neighboring district of Gurdaspur, in July 2015.

Earlier on Monday, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said he called a meeting of senior officers from the Amritsar border area and the Jalandhar area on Tuesday to review the situation in the area. public order and security in the State. Randhawa, who also holds the wallet for the house, also gave strict instructions to the police to increase night patrols in the state.

At least one third of the official officers of each commission or district will be responsible for patrolling according to a list. In a statement, Randhawa said he learned that adequate police patrols were not carried out overnight.

He said at least a third of the officers should be on patrol duty overnight and “I can randomly check the location of the duty officer at any time by making a video call to the individual.” State security will not be compromised at any cost and strict measures will be taken against negligent officers, he said.


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