A high alert has been sounded in the border belt of Punjab—Jammu and neighboring parts of the Jammu division after a ‘mysterious blast’ occurred outside a gate of the Army cantonment in Pathankot city, officials said Monday.
Police sources said that the authorities sounded alert after a low ‘intensity’ mysterious blast occurred outside Triveni gate of the cantonment in strategically important Pathankot, where armed forces have a considerable presence.
However, no casualty was reported in the blast that took place late on Sunday night in front of the Triveni gate of the cantonment, they said.
“Part of the grenade has been recovered after the blast and is being investigated,” they said.
Police said that some unidentified motorcyclists lobbed the grenade in front of the military area, and they were verifying CCTV images.
Police sources said that on basis of information received from the cantonment guard that a bike had passed in front of the camp at night. The motorists threw a grenade towards the gate, which exploded, the guard informed the authorities. “The area was immediately sealed and searched every now and then. The CCTV installed at the gate is also being scrutinized,” they said.
SSP of Pathankot, Surendra Lamba said: “CCTV footage of the area will be watched to know the facts.” After the blast, an alert has been sounded in the area, he said.
Jammu and Kashmir police particularly in Jammu’s Kathua also established check-posts on borders. Strict vigil has been increased at the check-posts.
Strategically important Pathankot, being part of the Army’s based Rising Star Corps, the Pathankot district of Punjab is one of the most important bases of the Indian Army. It houses the Indian Air Force station, the Army’s ammunition depot, and two armored brigades and armored units.
Geographically positioned near conflict-ridden Jammu and Kashmir and high Himalayan—Himachal Pradesh, Pathankot serves as a base for Armed forces and paramilitary forces.
There was a militant attack on the Air Force airbase in Pathankot on 2 January 2016. It was carried out by armed militants who came in the uniform of the Indian Army. A Lt Col among seven soldiers was killed in this attack. All the militants had come through the Ravi River on the India-Pakistan border.
On Saturday, a tiffin bomb was found from village Sekha of Jira Tehsil of Ferozepur district.
The bomb was buried in the ground after being sealed in a tiffin. The bomb was found on a plantation.
Even before this, more than half a dozen tiffin bombs and hand grenades have been found in Punjab. Not only this, but the police have claimed to also have busted three such modules.