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.

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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.

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

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