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Pathankot attack: A big cover-up? Salwinder Singh – victim turns suspect, then gets clean chit

Senior Punjab Police Officer Salwinder Singh, Who Was Being Investigated By The NIA In Connection With The Pathankot Terror Attack, Got A Clean Chit By The Agency On Friday.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Bindiya Bhatt | Updated on: 23 Jan 2016, 10:52:37 AM

New Delhi:

Senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, who was being investigated by the NIA in connection with the Pathankot terror attack, got a clean chit by the agency on Friday.

Nothing adverse was found against the SP-rank officer after he went through several rounds of questioning and scientific tests including lie-detector test, official sources said.

Searches were also conducted at his residence and office but nothing incriminating was found against him, official sources said.

Singh and his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal were kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1. The terrorists later attacked the Pathankot Air Force base. The terrorists released Singh and the cook, but killed Verma.

7 security personnel were killed in the 80-hour long terror strike, while four terrorists were gunned down.

Though Salwinder has been given a clean chit, many questions remain unanswered. Why questions were raised on Salwinder, who himself was a victim? Why he came under suspicion? 

On the other hand, suspicion still continues as the question still remains unanswered as to how he went scot-free after being kidnapped by terrorists? Is it possible that terrorists could leave their victims alive and unharmed? Is it a big cover-up?

  • Well, here are some questions the NIA possibly asked Singh:
  • Why did the SP go to the shrine that night especially since he wasn’t a frequent visitor?
  • Why was he in his official car? How did the militants not fathom that he was a cop after seeing the beacon on his car?
  • Why were he and his cook spared?
  • Why was there such a time gap between his release and informing the police control room about the terrorists?
  • Why did his seniors not trust him when he raised the alarm about the militants?

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First Published : 23 Jan 2016, 10:43:00 AM