Pathankot Attack: Locals Used To Pay Rs 20 To Take Cattle For Grazing At The Air Base

13/01/2016 11:29 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian security forces stand guard near a road barrier outside an Indian air force base in Pathankot, 430 kilometers (267 miles) north of New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Gunmen attacked the air force base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday morning and exchanged fire with security forces, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

NEW DELHI -- Locals living in adjoining areas of Pathankot air base, which was stormed by six terrorists recently, used to enter the premises after paying as low as Rs 20 to security guards to graze their cattle and even shop in the CSD canteen.

Intelligence agencies have informed the Home Ministry that it was a common practice for many people to enter the sensitive air force base with their cattle for grazing after paying the guards deployed in a few isolated gates.

There are several hundred population of Gujjar community who herd cattle and they found the grass inside the campus suitable for grazing.

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Alarmed by the terrorist attack, the Punjab government has now initiated the process of head-count of the Gujjar population living near the air base to ensure security in the vicinity, the inputs said.

There are several shops, including CSD canteen, inside the Pathankot air base and there have been reports that many locals go to shop there.

While some of the locals even made identity cards while some other pay the security guards to enter the premises, the inputs suggest.

In a pre-dawn attack, a group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists, believed to be belonging to JeM, attacked the Pathankot air base on January 2 killing seven security personnel. Six terrorists were also killed in the incident.

The terrorists were said to have crossed the India- Pakistan border in Punjab and reached the strategically crucial air base and carried out the attack.

An IAF spokesperson described as baseless and devoid of facts the report of how locals living in adjoining areas of Pathankot air base used to enter the premises after paying as low as Rs 20 to security guards to graze their cattle and even shop in the CSD canteen.

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