New Delhi, Jan 3: The Punjab police will have to answer why it had not acted upon advance and concrete information regarding the terror strike at Pathankot.
An internal inquiry is likely to be conducted in this regard and it had become clear that despite the Superintendent of Police, Gurdaspur, Salwinder Singh narrating his abduction, the same was not taken seriously.
Singh was abducted by a group of terrorists in army fatigues and later he was let off. However the terrorists took away his car and mobile phone.
When he called the police and complained it appeared that it was not taken seriously. He told the police that the terrorists had clearly told him that they were here to avenge the hanging of Afzal Guru.
Punjab police did not act:
Central Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia that it was clear that the Punjab police did not act as they ought to have done.
When their own officer informed them about the presence of terrorists, it was not taken seriously. Instead some of them thought that he had been abducted by a group of men due to personal rivalry.
Not taking Singh seriously only meant that the terrorists were out in the open with an official car for nearly 20 hours.
Meanwhile the centre will seek an explanation from the Punjab government on the lapse. The centre states that there was enough and more intelligence and that the state police who are the first movers in such cases ought to have been more vigilant.
There is no question of blaming the central intelligence in this case. They had tipped off the police and also picked up at least four intercepts suggesting terrorists would hit a military installation in Punjab. Moreover they should have also acted upon the information given to them by their own officer.