Pathankot terror attack: NIA wants abducted cop to answer these three questions
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) and the Central Intelligence Bureau will question the Superintendent of Police, Gurdaspur, Salwinder Singh once again in connection with the Pathankot terror attack case.
There are certain key questions that the central agencies would pose to Singh, his cook Mohan and jeweller friend Rajesh Verma.
The SP and two others were abducted by the terrorists who staged the Pathankot attack which lasted over 60 hours. NIA officials who have registered three different cases in connection with the attack say that there are various contradictions and we need to get more clarity so that the probe can make some sense.
Questions for the SP:
The NIA and the Central IB have some key questions for the SP. First and foremost they want to know what he was doing in Gurdaspur when he had a transfer order to Jalandhar. The SP in his defence had told the media that he had gone to visit a shrine on account of the New Year.
Secondly the NIA wants to know what he was doing so close to the Pakistan border in the night and whether he had any duty out there. The SP clarified that there was a shrine and hence he had gone there.
Thirdly the NIA seeks to know why was the SP going about the area without any security especially near the Pakistan border, when it is a well know fact that it is dangerous.
NIA registers three cases:
The first case has been registered at the Police Station Narot Jaimal Singh, Pathankot. This relates to the alleged abduction of an SP ranking Police officer on the intervening night of 31st Dec, 2015 and 1st Jan, 2016, which is suspected to have been carried out by same group of terrorists.
The second case is registered at Police Station Narot Jaimal Singh, Pathankot relates to the killing of one Ikagar Singh, by unknown persons, and it is suspected to be handiwork of same group of terrorists.
The third case registered at Police Station Division No. 2 Pathankot relates to the terrorist attack on the Air Force Station at Pathankot, which as per the FIR, began on 2nd Jan, 2016.
A 20 member team of NIA led by an IG ranking officer has been camping at Pathankot since 2nd January, 2016 to supervise the on-going investigations. An officer of the rank of Supdt. of Police, has been appointed as the Chief Investigating Officer of the cases.