Gurdaspur, Aug 5: In a shocking revelation, investigators said that the three terror suspects involved had been seen three days earlier.
Then, they may have posed as NGO officials, surveying families who supported the Khalistan separatists and those who had lost their kith and kin in the movement. This incident happened 116 kilometers away from Chandigarh in Karnana village near Banga town in Punjab.
According to the locals, the men accompanying the women were Sikhs, but the three did not disclose their identities. A villager said,"The men were wearing turbans and the woman had a wheatish complexion. They were never seen in the village earlier. They said they were conducting a survey to identify the families who had lost their family members during the insurgency and also claimed that similar survey was being conducted in other parts of the state."
It also came to light that satellite phone Thuraya phone was used, but was intercepted on July 31st. Intercepted by the Army Signals unit, police failed to catch the suspect who used the phone. It is also said that the army and police met together but never discussed about the operation.
Banga SSP Snehdeep Sharma, however, said otherwise. He said that he was not aware of the incident and that meetings were held, but this was not discussed. Sources are keeping an eye on the Gujjar community, which is believed to have strong links with Pakistan terrirtories and local sympathisers of the Khalistan.