Pathankot, Jan 11: The fact that there were almost 40 explosions after the operations at Pathankot were complete points to the fact that the terrorists had come heavily loaded.
NIA officials who are probing this case say that they are seriously looking into the route taken by the terrorists and more importantly who got the ammunition to India.
It appears to be very difficult for 6 terrorists to carry so much ammunition in a back pack. Terrorists are known to travel light when they come for such an operation.
There are some indications that suggest that someone may have dropped the arms off in advance, near the Pathankot air force station, NIA officials say.
Who brought in the ammunition:
The estimate given by the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar while addressing the media at Pathankot was that the terrorists had 50 kilograms of ammunition on them.
There are several questions that need to be asked in this case. How did six terrorists carry so much ammunition and walk around for two days? Even if they carried so much ammunition, how did they not be spotted?
The questioning of Salwinder Singh, the Gurdaspur SP who had seen the terrorists does not indicate they were travelling heavy.
The NIA is trying to ascertain these details and there are several insiders who will be questioned in the next few days, officials say.
The NIA suspects that the smugglers who operate along the Indo-Pak border who may have helped the terrorists transport the arms. They may have even helped them transport the arms to the air base, officials say.