According to an exclusive report by Times Now, Indian Army has taken over the Indian Air Force base at Amritsar including the ATC tower. Army took over the security of the airbase from CISF following specific inputs that Pakistan based terrorists are planning to attack it using drones or other aircraft including hijacked planes, the report claims.
SUPER #EXCLUSIVE| Amritsar Air Force station has been fortified.
Army takes over ATC towers.
TIMES NOW’s Nikunj Garg has accessed a SENSATIONAL intelligence report.
More details on @thenewshour with Navika Kumar. | #AirHijackAlert pic.twitter.com/NTXWMdQMiu
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 1, 2019
The report also says that in an unprecedented move, the army has placed snipers at the airbase. Nikunj Garg of Times Now said that the request to deploy army at the airbase came from the Indian Air Force itself. He said that snippers are posted on the top of ATC tower as well as fire safety towers.
BREAKING & EXCLUSIVE: In An Unprecedented Move Air Force Has Got Snipers Placed At The ATC & Fire Safety Watch Towers At Its Amritsar Station & Got @CISFHQrs Men Replaced By An ARMY Contigent To Patrol The Base..An Air-Borne Threat To Air Assets From Drones on The Radar. https://t.co/q5NCEfZx6z
— Nikunj Garg (@NikunjGargN) October 1, 2019
The report says that security forces are not only suspecting a ground-based attack, but also attack from the air using drones, gliders or other kinds of aircraft. Nikunj Garg said that the fact that snippers have been deployed points to the threat of an air-based attack, as if the intelligent reports were about attack from land route only, increasing protection around the airbase would have been enough.