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IAF bases on western border put on high alert

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Shoot-at-sight orders in effect for any wrongful entry.

In the aftermath of the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase, all Indian Air Force (IAF) bases on the western border are on high alert and shoot-at-sight orders are in effect to prevent wrongful entry.

“When a base is on alert, shoot-at-sight orders are issued against anyone trying to gain wrongful entry or scaling walls,” a senior IAF officer said on Wednesday.

Precautionary boards had been put out warning public about the instructions, the official said.

Six terrorists breached the walls of the Pathankot airbase on January 2 and held their ground for four days before being killed.

On the findings of the security audit, which was ordered after the attack, the officer said there were no major “weaknesses” but had identified vulnerabilities which would be addressed.

As part of the process, perimeter security is being beefed up on a priority basis and procurement of equipment will be fast-tracked. These include smart fences, perimeter installation detection systems, video motion detection systems, thermal cameras and quad copters. The estimated cost per base is Rs. 100-150 crore and 54 major bases will be taken up in the first phase.

Stating that the upgrading process was ongoing even prior to the attack, the officer said that after Pathankot, “we are now fast-tracking the process in one go”.

In addition, officials said the stipulation for no constructions up to 100 metres outside bases and 900 metres outside weapon depots would be implemented.

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