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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