Gurdaspur SP grilled as NIA starts Pathankot probe
Pathankot: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team arrived here yesterday to begin the probe the terrorist attack on the Pathankot Airbase. The NIA officials were seen examining the bodies of the slain terrorists along with a team of forensic experts.
Pathankot martyr Lt Col Niranjan’s wife and daughter during his final rites in Palakkad, Kerala on Tuesday.
The NIA had yesterday said that it expects cooperation from Islamabad for tracing the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, saying it was clear that the terrorists were from Pakistan on the basis of the calls they made.
Gurdaspur SP probed
According to reports, the NIA team is also questioning Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, whose vehicle was hijacked by the terrorists when he was returning after offering prayers at a shrine.
Reports say that the account given by Singh about his captivity and release raised serious questions due to inconsistent statements. Singh had earlier rubbished allegations that the Punjab Police did not give credence to the claims made by him for hours.
“I informed the police as soon as I could. I completed my responsibility. They believed me completely. If you expect that I must have fought against them, then they would have killed me. They were five armed men,” he had said.
The operation against the terrorists at the air base entered its fifth day today as security forces continue to carry out combing operations .
The Shiv Sena yesterday slammed Central government for going ‘soft’ on Pakistan and said that the change for which the BJP was voted to power was not visible. “Those who claimed to teach Pakistan a lesson, why are they going soft. People voted for a change and the change is not visible,” said Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande. She also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making an unscheduled visit to Pakistan last month, saying that the BJP had given a reason for Congress to attack them. Earlier, the Shiv Sena had alleged that Modi’s ‘chai’ with Nawaz Sharif has cost the nation seven martyrs.
IAF praises air base operations
NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force yesterday asserted that the counter security operations conducted at the Pathankot air base during the terror strike was a well co-ordinated effort and contrary to media reports, no aircraft was flown out of the base. “A well coordinated effort by all security agencies including the Army, NSG, local police and Indian Air Force (IAF) succeeded in neutralising the terrorists,” the IAF said. The statement added that the airbase remained operational throughout and flights operated to and from the airfield during the period of engagement with the terrorists.
Rs 50 lakh
The compensation announced by the Kerala government yesterday to the family of NSG commando Lt.Col. EK Niranjan, who was killed at the Pathankot air base on Sunday. The government will also offer his wife a job and meet all the education expenses of their two-year- old daughter.
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