Chandigarh: Punjab, which had witnessed two attacks in less than six months, and a few other states were put on high alert on Wednesday following an input from Delhi Police about entry of three heavily-armed Pakistani militants who might be suicide bombers.
The militants are travelling from Jammu and Kashmir in a grey Swift Dzire car along with a local resident and are expected to cross the Banihal tunnel later tonight, the alert said, adding their target could be in Delhi, Goa and Mumbai.
“An alert has been issued in the state (Punjab) after we received an input from the special cell of Delhi police,” a senior official in Punjab police told PTI.
The alert issued by Punjab’s Director General of Police (Law and Order) to all the Commissionerates and SSPs in the state, states the car “bearing registration number JK-01 AB-2654 is carrying three Pakistani militants and a local. The Pakistani militants have sufficient arms, ammunition and possibly suicide belt.”
Police officers have been asked to focus on strict checking of vehicles, security of vital installations including police buildings and defence establishments, religious places, markets, malls, railway stations and tracks, and educational institutions. In January this year, militants had attacked an air force base in Pathankot, killing seven military personnel.
They had car-jacked two vehicles – one belonging to a Punjab Police SP and another to a taxi driver – to travel to the base near the Pakistan border.