Troops have been deployed in Punjab's Gurdaspur over fear of an attack, after reports of two suspected terrorists in the region emerged. A fresh combing operation was also conducted in Pathankot on Friday after reports of suspicious movement in the Tibri cantonment.
Locals in the Pandher village in Gurdaspur had reported seeing two "suspicious" men in army uniforms on Wednesday, following which a search operation was conducted.
"The two border districts of Gurdaspur and Pahankot are on high alert. Suspicion of possible terrorists is there," Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Toor told the Press Trust of India.
After being heavily criticised for failing to prevent the Pathankot terror attack, the Punjab police said they do not want to take chances and have deployed a tight security along with aerial surveillance.
"We are not taking any chances. We are not ruling out anything. Aerial surveillance and troop movement is on. A drone helped locate their location and by Thursday afternoon, the army and police teams took position," a police official told Hindustan Times.
Gurdaspur had come under a terror attack last July when terrorists stormed a police station. Last week, terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force base and engaged in a battle with security forces for nearly four days.
Several houses in Pandher village and nearby areas have reportedly been evacuated.