Behind the Pathankot breach, 3 lights turned upward and airbase staffer detained

The “Y” angles on the wall that keep in place the razor wire had also been tampered with at this spot and the wire was cut through. A cap and a pair of gloves were found there, too.

Written by Nirupama Subramanian | Chandigarh | Updated: January 8, 2016 11:03 am
pathankot attack, pathankot air base attack, pathankot attack probe, manohar parrikar, rajnath singh, pathankot attack news, punjab news, india news, latest news The “Y” angles on the wall that keep in place the razor wire had also been tampered with at this spot and the wire was cut through. A cap and a pair of gloves were found there, too. (Source: Express photo)

INVESTIGATORS are questioning an employee of the Army’s Military and Engineering Services (MES) posted at the Pathankot airbase on the suspicion that he may have helped the terrorists infiltrate the Indian Air Force base on January 1, The Indian Express has learnt from at least two independent sources.

As an investigation by The Indian Express pointed out yesterday, in the stretch of the 11-foot-high wall that was breached, the floodlights were not functioning. It is now learnt that on the night of the breach at the airbase, three of the powerful lights were said to be found “turned upward,” directed away from the wall and up throwing the area in a zone of darkness.

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pathankot-terroist meds Strips of Ponstan painkiller tablets (right) found on the bodies of the four terrorists who were killed. The strip shows it was made in Karachi. Syringes as well as vials of injectible Neurobion were also found.

Every other light on the perimeter was in the right position except these, a source said. Officials and investigators said that this possibly pointed to “insider complicity”. The man being questioned has been detained.

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He was recently transferred to Pathankot from the Udhampur airbase and was described by military sources as a full-time Class IV grade civilian employee, whose job would entail electrical or other general maintenance, sources said.

Read: Pathankot attack: BSF zeroes in on two intrusion theories — a tunnel, Kashmir route

The “Y” angles on the wall that keep in place the razor wire had also been tampered with at this spot and the wire was cut through. A cap and a pair of gloves were found there, too.

READ: Terrorists also spoke in Kashmiri: FIR quotes SP

The point of entry was close to an MES vehicle maintenance shed.

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    George-Cruze
    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:03 am
    I told you, it was Modi who spoke to Nawaz Shariff to send those terrorists. For his part he ensured that the Indian jawans cooperated. All in the terrorist game!!!!!!!!!!
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      Ajitdada
      Jan 8, 2016 at 2:20 am
      How do you expect people will have a deterrence not to indulge into such facilitation when we see Sanjay Dutt coming out of a jail within 1 and half year jail, Afzal Guru gets Hanging after 9 years, Kazab gets hanging after 6 years, UP state police sets free the SIMI operatives, WB Police push the defectors inside Bangladesh. Or ULFA members gets red carpet. We need extremely tough law and implementation to punish the people who aid the terrorists.
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        MyTake
        Jan 8, 2016 at 5:48 am
        Moth eaten and termite ridden India! One can only thnk of one political party for this!
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          MyTake
          Jan 8, 2016 at 5:42 am
          Must be one of the supporters of award returnee. Congress has been successful cultivating its base good enough who are beneficial to it in peace time as well as in trouble time.
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            MyTake
            Jan 8, 2016 at 5:44 am
            Must have for a job either on quota or reservation and not on commitment.
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              TIHAEwale
              Jan 8, 2016 at 11:05 am
              one thing is clear many in Punjab police and BSF person manning international border are compromised and for a few thousands of rupees turn blind allowing terrorists and drug smugglers free run. SP's personal and official mobile's call history should be probed finely. There is every likelihood of more terrorists entered in to India and more attacks can be expected around Republic day.
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                Arpit
                Jan 8, 2016 at 4:29 am
                Kejri should immediately head to pathankot and do investigation as Lokpal rather than disturbing life of delhiites by his odd even vehicle rule and mud wresling on honest minsiters Modi is true leader who is getting the investigations done properly..what has KEjri done?
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                  Arpit
                  Jan 8, 2016 at 5:31 am
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                    aahmed
                    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                    India is begging to stop terrors to stan, but stan is not going to stop. Even stan and Sri Lanka Navy are capturing Indian fishermen and Indian coast guard is not doing anything. China is supporting stan terrors by supporting activities in PoK and North Eastern India.
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                      Karunakaran
                      Jan 7, 2016 at 11:59 pm
                      Do not blame the civilian worker alone. Yes, he will be severely dealt with. But what about the military people who ign the civilians any work? Is it not the responsibility of the military personnel to check that the work carried out by the civilains meets specifications, and nothing besides? The military manager (who has allocated the work to the civilian) must also be punished in a similar way.
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                        Kaliyug
                        Jan 8, 2016 at 2:05 am
                        Definitely it sounds like this chap had some role in facilitating the entry into the airbase, the bigger picture is still DSP Satveer Singh and his night trip to a shrine, we still do not know if he really went there, or, if the people in charge of the temple are forced to tell lies. The arms and threats of the local police keep many people silent. Modi will have to plug all the s inside India before asking Nawaab Shariff to get his act together. Terrorists are going to enter India, stan is a country where the youth have nothing to do, Islam offers them a job to convert non-believers, for which it promises seventy two virgins. The youth with low self-esteem want to prove themselves, so off they go on their suicide missions. When parents have 10 to 15 kids they are always expecting some of the children to make the ultimate sacrifice, Islam offers that escape route.
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                          Col S
                          Jan 8, 2016 at 2:00 am
                          Mr DOVASLAL. messed up every thing with SINISTER DESIGN. to CLAIM success and denigrate army. Shame that available ARMY RESDOURCESD were not used , just to CLAIM victory for Inexperienced NS.
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                            Dr.Ambekar
                            Jan 8, 2016 at 3:30 am
                            Not just tough laws but implementation with honesty without political interference too. Laws are fine implementation is bad Dr. Ambekar.
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                              dv1936
                              Jan 8, 2016 at 3:23 am
                              This shows that s planting moles inside military establishment. Internal security become a critical issue to avoid similar attacks.
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                                ah
                                Jan 8, 2016 at 6:38 am
                                BTW when India buys Jets MODI alone makes decisions BUT when Terrorists attack, POTTIKAR only makes statements ................. it means POTTIKAR is ABDOMEN PAD for MODI .............. ha ha ha
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                                  ah
                                  Jan 8, 2016 at 6:32 am
                                  It is now learnt that on the night of the breach at the airbase, three of the powerful lights were said to be found “turned upward,” directed away from the wall and up throwing the area in a zone of darkness.............. it means Idris Ali may be RIGHT ??????????????? Remember when PArliament was attacked Kargil Coffin issue became non issue, when Ahmedabad twin Blasts happened Asaram Supporters were going to get what they deserved for two children killed in Tantrik Ritual, when Kasab attacked w Mumbai force went to Nariman Point area and ONLY Karkare, skar and one Constable went to WORLI AND they were NOTY KILLED by terrorists bullet .. it was proved by INDIAN forensic labs ...........
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                                    ah
                                    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:33 am
                                    did u read the comment ...................
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                                      Rajesh Mohanty
                                      Jan 8, 2016 at 7:45 am
                                      Learn to be civil in your comments. The present Defence minister is known to be honest and principled man. Why blame the short-comings of lower employees on ministers?
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                                        K N
                                        Jan 8, 2016 at 10:55 am
                                        Top br should not be allowed to get away blaming lower staff. Senior officers are responsible for doings of their subordinates .
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                                          madan gupta
                                          Jan 8, 2016 at 3:45 am
                                          घर का भेदी लंका ढाए. भारत चापलूसी और ग़द्दारी में संसार में पहले नंबर पर है. बीजेपी को ६०-65 साल के बाद जीत मिली है, परन्तु इस के अंदर भी घ्द्दारों को जीत हज़म नहीं हो रही. अडवानी हिज में एक नंबर है. यह यदि pm बनने का डरना ना करता तो शत्रु, kirti , सिन्हा, जोशी कभी ना पैदा होते. आरएसएस भी चुप है.
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                                            Manikanta
                                            Jan 8, 2016 at 8:54 am
                                            Dear Mr.N, Army is investigating but not 'blaming'. Army people are not like you or me to simply make out baseless statements. Their actions and words cannot be under estimated.
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