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Pathankot terror attack reminiscent of 26/11: 7 martyred, security compromised; should heads roll?

Punjab Today Dismissed Reports That It Had Not Acted On The Inputs Given By The Abducted Gurdaspur SP, Who Had Reportedly Claimed That Had The Authorities Acted On His Information The Pathankot Terror Attack Could Have Been Averted.

PTI | Updated on: 05 Jan 2016, 11:58:48 PM

New Delhi :

The Pathankot terror attack which went over for nearly 80 hours (combing operations are still underway) is remnicisent of 26/11- an incident which devastated the full proof defence plan of India, but also whose probe is still pending on papers.

Will Pathankot face a similar conclusion or this time under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stern rule India will see a different result? News Nation ponders! 

What happened today?

Punjab today dismissed reports that it had not acted on the inputs given by the abducted Gurdaspur SP, who had reportedly claimed that had the authorities acted on his information the Pathankot terror attack could have been averted.

“It was immediately shared,” Punjab’s Director General of Police Suresh Arora told a news conference here when asked about the SP’s information whether it was shared with the Centre.

Asked if there was any failure on part of Punjab police despite an alert warning possibility of a terror attack, he said, “it has never happened that if the alert is there that it has not been shared. We know it was shared, investigations will prove all this.”

The SP, however, today maintained that he had immediately informed his seniors about the incident of his kidnap and release. After that the DGP, ADGP and other senior officers reached Pathankot, he said, adding “police swung into action and laid nakas (check posts) at various points.”

The DGP said  NIA and Punjab police will jointly probe the Pathankot terror attack incident.

“NIA has taken over the investigation into the terror attack incident. NIA and Punjab police will investigate the case jointly,” he said.

Arora said three cases have been registered. “One case pertains to encounter in air force base station, another was registered on the statement of the SP and the third one pertains to murder of Ikagar Singh, driver of Innova vehicle,” he said.

When asked that the FIR mentions the name of Jaish-e-Mohammed militant outfit, DGP said a slip was recovered from the SP’s vehicle which carried the name of the outfit and which is being verified.

To another question, he said whenever such incidents occur, a detailed report from police department goes to state government and the Centre.

When asked why the SP’s vehicle was not stopped at the police nakas, DGP said, “that is a matter of investigation”.

The curious case of Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh!

Security agencies, including National Investigation Agency (NIA), will thoroughly examine Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh, who was kidnapped along with a jeweller friend and cook by the terrorists who struck at the Pathankot air base, government sources said today.

The agencies will verify the antecedents of Singh, the purpose of his visit to the secluded area in Pathankot at the odd hours and why he was not accompanied by any of his PSOs besides others, the sources said here.

Singh, jeweller Rajesh Verma and Singh’s cook were kidnapped by heavily-armed terrorists on December 31 when they were travelling in the officer’s SUV.

While Singh and the cook was freed without any harm, Verma’s throat was slit but he survived miraculously.

Even though Singh informed police about his kidnapping by the terrorists, police officers whom the SP had informed about the incident initially did not take him seriously, thus leading to some crucial hours being lost.

The SP had said that he was returning after visiting a shrine on December 31 night. Singh also said his timely information ahead of the attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot alerted security agencies and prevented a major terror strike.        

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First Published : 05 Jan 2016, 10:23:00 PM