BSF finds no sign of how Pathankot infiltrators entered

A failure to detect the terrorists’ tracks was seen in the Dinanagar attack of July 2015 as well. The investigation in that attack, in which four policemen and three civilians were killed, has not made much headway.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2016 8:16 am
Pathankot, Pathankot air base, Pathankot air base attack, pathankot air force base, NIA, Jaish-e-Mohammad, kathua attack, samba attack, pathankot strike The investigation in that attack, in which four policemen and three civilians were killed, has not made much headway.

A BSF team seeking to establish how the Pathankot attackers entered Punjab has found no breach in the fence along the border with Pakistan, nor any sign of infiltration through rivers or nullahs. It has found no tunnel — and no evidence either that the terrorists came from Jammu and Kashmir.

A failure to detect the terrorists’ tracks was seen in the Dinanagar attack of July 2015 as well. The investigation in that attack, in which four policemen and three civilians were killed, has not made much headway.

The team, led by a DIG-level officer, is likely to submit its report to BSF D-G D K Pathak next week. Pathak will subsequently apprise the Home Ministry of the findings. The D-G formed the team on January 7 after tell-tale signs such as Pakistani shoe marks were found in a field in a border village.

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Sources said the team has combed the entire length of the Punjab border, and especially the northern stretch close to the Jammu border. “No breach has been found anywhere in the fences in Punjab or in Jammu.

At the over 150 gaps along the two borders, there no signs of anyone having crossed over. Almost all gaps in the Jammu border, and vulnerable gaps in the Punjab border, are covered by digital video recorders and thermal imaging cameras. No evidence of infiltration was found,” said an official privy to the team’s findings.

A preliminary investigation carried out by a team led by the D-G himself had produced similar results. Pathak had inspected a 20-km stretch on either side of Bamial village, where the terrorists were suspected to have entered, immediately after the attack, and found nothing amiss. Pathak had communicated his findings to Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.

However, to ensure a thorough investigation, a special team was formed to go over the entire length of the border closely.

“The problem is that the terrorists were not carrying any GPS with them, which could have provided clues to their route. It may now take months to figure out, with evidence, exactly how and where they entered. It is a setback; it is necessary to know this in order to take preventive steps,” a BSF officer said.

There are reasons to believe the terrorists crossed over in Punjab. Besides the footprints in the field five and a half kilometres from the Bamial outpost, the abduction of SP Salwinder Singh and murder of taxi driver Ikagar Singh also took place near the border in Punjab.

Immediately after the attack, the BSF sent a report to the Home Ministry detailing the steps it had taken to fortify the north Punjab border after the Dinanagar attack, along with the possible lapses in the Pathankot incident, based on preliminary findings.

The BSF said that post-Dinanagar, it had deputed as many as nine companies of the force around Bamial, and covered the riverine gaps with cameras and floodlights. Some gaps also have laser walls connected to an alarm system.

The report pointed out the vulnerability of the gaps to infiltration. Sources said the force has been in touch with the Ministry on strengthening the counter-infiltration grid along the Punjab border.

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    Haradhan Mandal
    Jan 17, 2016 at 6:08 am
    "BSF finds no sign of how Pathankot attackers entered" - will that be a 'concrete' proof, given by stan to our Govt that those terrorists are not 'stani' ?!!! The le also says a 'Pathankot' attackers and not a stani attackers?!?!
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      Kanu Patel
      Jan 17, 2016 at 5:09 am
      What is the height of the fence ? As the army and ISI are helping them ,the terrorist can enter this side without damaging the fence by the use of mechanical and hydraulic staircase .This angle is needed to be checked by experts.
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        Modiot
        Jan 17, 2016 at 6:22 am
        On his return flight from Nawaz Shariff visit, Modi picked those stani terrorists and air dropped them in Patankot or his flight landed in Patankot and those stani terrorists( now Modi's guests) were alighted. MODI IS AS GOOD AN AS RAJIV GUN-DHI.
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          PCKULKARNI
          Jan 17, 2016 at 8:58 am
          I think the terrorists fell from heaven and hence BSF had no chance to stop them
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            Karunakaran
            Jan 17, 2016 at 3:22 am
            Incompetent men are going around trying to find things. How come such vital sites do not have dog squads? Dogs are used by advanced militaries around the world to prevent similar problems. And they cost hardly anything (when compared to the maintaining of a human soldier).
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              Indian Abroadf
              Jan 17, 2016 at 7:16 am
              Incapable and corrupt BSF is misguiding the country through false investigation. Trying to hide the corrupt practices.
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                JinnahPak
                Jan 17, 2016 at 4:42 am
                BRAHMINS must conquer Arabia and create an "Independent Hindu nation" --- Arab barbaric chootiyas are raping Hindu servant maids, deny basic human rights to millions of Hindu expatriates and treat them like free slaves -- The Saudi Ambador and his 20 Arab friends in Delhi raped 2 poor Nepali Hindu girls day and night for 2 years, denied food, sleep and ry --- Recently UAE invited Modi, gifted a land for Hindu temple and asked him to give a threatening message to stan because stan refused to join Arabs in their war against Yemen --- After this incident, 800 million Muslims of "India-stan-Bangladesh" have lost their faith on Arab leaders and are silently waiting for an opportunity to kick them hard --- Entire world hates Arab barbarians -- US, UK, Europe, Israel, Iran, Russia, Syria and Yemen are waiting for an opportunity to bring Arabs down to their knees -- This is a golden opportunity for India and stan to join hands, capture Arabia, divide it equally and create their own satellite states in Arabia --- Around 10 million Hindus and 7 million stanis are working and living across Arabia -- Arab chootiyas get their food from India and stan -- Every Arab leader knows very well that without Indians and stanis, their economy will collapse and Arabia won't exist on the world map --- Modi and Nawaz Sharif must unitedly give a call to Indian and stani expatriates in Arabia to stop their work with immediate effect until Arabia gives them permanent residence and free housing -- If that happens, within 15 days Arabia will come to a halt and any further delay will pave the way for civil unrest and collapse of Arab economy -- Arab chootiyas will eventually bow submit to the demands of India-stan work force -- This will open up the road map for Akhand Bharat and Akhand stan in Arabia -- Time for RSS, BJP and Modi to unleash the power of Bharat Mata and build a mighty Hindu nation.
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                  JinnahPak
                  Jan 17, 2016 at 4:41 am
                  KHALISAN coming -- China and stan are getting ready to jointly liberate KHALISTAN and KASHMIR ---- Islamistan, Khalistan, Dalitistan, Dravida Nadu, Tamil Nation, Jesustan and so on.
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