Had it not been for Punjab Police, damage could have been more: Sukhbir Badal

“Punjab Police did a commendable job. The police control room received the first information at 3.30 in the morning and immediately teams were rushed to the spot, " Punjab Deputy CM Badal said.

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2016 8:17 am
pathankot, pathankot attack, pathankot attack probe, punjab police pathankot attack, Sukhbir badal, punjb govt pathankot attack, india news, latest news, pathankot news Punjab Dy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a press conference over militants attack at Indian Air Force base in Pathankotat. (Source: PTI)

With the Punjab Police drawing flak in the blame game over “lapses” that led to the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has rallied to the defence of the state police. Badal said Friday had Punjab Police not been the “first” to flag the presence of terrorists in the area, the “damage” could have been much more.

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“Punjab Police did a commendable job. The police control room received the first information at 3.30 in the morning and immediately teams were rushed to the spot. Combing operations were started and we were able to locate the first car used by the terrorists and found the body. By 7.30 am, all relevant authorities, including the Government of India, were informed. Within three-four hours, all this was done. I think had it not been for the Punjab Police and information shared by us, it could have led to a bigger disaster,” Badal told The Indian Express.

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“I should tell you that a very senior officer called me yesterday and thanked me on behalf of the Government of India for the excellent job done by the Punjab Police. He told me that because of Punjab Police, the damage was not higher… The Government of India is highly appreciative of our role,” he said.

Asked if the first alert to the Centre came from the Punjab government, he replied in the affirmative. “Yes, Punjab Police sent the first alert.”

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On the role of SP Salwinder Singh, who claimed he was abducted by terrorists involved in the attack, Badal said, “The role of the SP is under investigation by the NIA as well as the Government of Punjab. I read somewhere in the media that he (SP) should have been investigated first. Our first priority was to secure the airbase and its surroundings, eliminate all the terrorists. Having done that, we are now going to connect the dots, put together the sequence of events to find out how it happened, who was responsible. Whosoever is found responsible will be put behind bars.”

Asked what steps was the SAD-BJP government taking in the wake of the Pathankot attack, Badal said the state government had decided to step up security.

“We have already decided to take steps to strengthen our presence in the area, create a fresh line of control there. We are stationing our DIG Counter-Intelligence and Operations in that area. A special commando battalion and a SWAT unit will be established for the Pathankot region. We have decided to shift one of the police lines to that area to ensure that our border is more secure. I even met Home Minister Rajnath Singh today to request increase of BSF presence on the border. The level of BSF deployment on this border is less than half of the border in J&K. He (Rajnath Singh) also said the Punjab Police has done an excellent job,” Badal said.


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First Published on: January 9, 2016 5:39 am
  1. P
    Jan 9, 2016 at 3:47 am
    Mr Badal, Did your drug consignment got delivered? Punjab Police is one the worst.
    1. B
      Bijan Mohanty
      Jan 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm
      What about the dubious role of Police SP?
      1. D
        Jan 9, 2016 at 2:29 am
        This Badals are Terrorists. They send a SP in the morning to pick up Drugs and then send him back to surrender SUV while tearing apart portion of air base wall security fence. Capt. Arminder in spite of stani Mistress might be more honest.
        1. H
          Jan 9, 2016 at 1:28 am
          The POLITICIANS have a DIRTY HABIT of SHIELDING their failures....What Badal would have said had there been another Govt. in Punjab ??? Shoot all anti-India politicians.
          1. H
            Jan 9, 2016 at 1:26 am
            1. I
              Jan 9, 2016 at 3:55 am
              What ever the level of involvement of those found guilty in this investigation, the punishment should be the same, death by hanging. It is very sad that the finger of suspescion falls on the Sikhs in this case, these are the people who fought the Muzzoes and today have become their lackies . Death to all traitors .
              1. M
                madan gupta
                Jan 9, 2016 at 1:07 am
                पंजाब पुलिस को पहले ही पता था वह क्या कर रही थी. पुलिस हर समय बादल के ड्रग तस्करों की मदद करती रहती है. आज पंजाब ड्रग का समुन्द्र बन गया है. यह सब बादल और मोदी की महरबानी है. राष्ट्रपति को बादल सरकार को खत्म करके बाप बेटे को जेल में डालना चाहिए.
                1. I
                  Jan 9, 2016 at 4:06 am
                  Don't support Panjab police, I know majority are good, but in this case police involvement can't denied. Well planned , supported by some police posted there. and it seems some high profile ministers involvement also there.
                  1. R
                    R. Singh
                    Jan 9, 2016 at 4:21 am
                    Well done Punjab Police
                    1. S
                      Jan 9, 2016 at 2:25 am
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                        vijay mattoo
                        Jan 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm
                        NIA investigation in this case should broaden its ambit to look into rivalries within the defence forces personnel,as incidents of clashes between Officers and jawans have occurred in recent past.Further,no reliance should be placed on Punjab Police which has been criminalized and lost its credibility during ten year Akali-BJP rule.
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