FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Jan 5: Following the terrorist attack at the Pathankot air base, the Shillong based Eastern Air Command (EAC) has asked all the Indian Air Force (IAF) bases in Eastern region to heighten surveillance on all stations and vital locations, while reassuring that the air bases in the Eastern theatre are self-sufficient and have adequate security measures to thwart any kind of threat.
Replying to questions put forward by The Sentinel, the EAC said, “With the recent developments at Air Force Station Pathankot coupled with intelligence inputs, all IAF bases in the Eastern Air Command have stepped up their security preparedness to the highest alert.” “All air bases within Eastern theatre are self-sufficient and have adequate security measures in place to thwart any kind of threat that can be envisaged. The security scerio in the East has always dictated a high level of alertness and vigil for all vital assets and installations. All intelligence inputs received from various sources are taken with utmost seriousness and security is beefed up,” the EAC further stated.
The IAF bases and other crucial installations under the Eastern Air command extend as far as Jharkhand and Orissa, besides the vital air installations in Assam and West Bengal. From the sophisticated Sukhois and MIG fighter jets to chopper bases and training centres, the Eastern Air Command has it all. Due to to tiol security reasons, nothing definite is known about the type of fresh security measures being adopted by the Eastern Air Command, but it is clear that besides guarding the eastern skies, all security mechanisms are being put in place to prevent a second Pathankot incident in the air bases in the region.