Pathankot terror attack: 'Militants were in touch with commander sahib'

Pathankot: The Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, whose vehicle was forcibly taken away by the heavily armed militants, and his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma yesterday spoke out about the militants who had abducted them on Friday night.

"We were blindfolded, our hands tied behind our backs and the terrorists numbering four-five threatened to kill us if we tried to look up," said Salwinder Singh.

After they were blindfolded, the terrorists took two of his three mobiles and fled with his vehicle. The hooter in his vehicle also made it clear to the terrorist that the vehicle belonged to a police officer.

'Commander Sahib'
40-year-old Verma, who was in the captivity for more than four hours, said the militants told their 'commander sahib' that the area looks "peaceful" and that they would easily reach their target.

Rajesh also heard the militants, saying "hamara kam Insha Allah fateh ho jayaga (we will achieve our mission)."

"The person sitting next to the driver's seat (in SP's vehicle) was called 'Major Sahib', who in turn was talking to some 'Commander Sahib.'

The rest were not talking at all. They used to talk in Urdu, and I could not understand much except 'Insha Allah'," he said.

He added, "They used to speak to their 'commander sahib' after an interval of 10 minutes each. They said 'commander sahib' the area looks peaceful and the mission will be achieved and they will easily reach the target," said Rajesh.

Meanwhile, security agencies, including the NIA, will thoroughly examine Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh, who was kidnapped.

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.

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