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Pathankot attack: NIA questions Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh

Singh had been summoned by the NIA on Friday to appear before it for detailed interrogation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2016 4:30 am

sp slawinder singh, punjab sp kidnap, sp salwinder rape case, sp salwinder sexual harassment, punjab news, punjab airbase attack, india newsSenior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh was on Monday questioned by NIA in connection with the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base as suspicion arose after several contradictions in his statements during his interrogation.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday questioned Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh at its headquarters in New Delhi. He is likely to be questioned on Tuesday as well. Meanwhile, the agency has sent a request to the Interpol to issue Black Corner Notices for help in identifying the bodies of four terrorists killed in the Pathankot terror attack.

An NIA team has also recovered a mobile phone, a pair of binoculars and an AK-47 magazine from the Pathankot airbase.

“Salwinder Singh was called for examination by the NIA today (Monday) and his questioning continued through the entire day. He is likely to be called tomorrow as well, as the NIA is not through with examining him. His cook, Madan Gopal, is also being summoned to NIA headquarters, but the date and time of his examination will be decided later. Since Gopal was also kidnapped by the terrorists, he will be asked to share whatever information he has,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

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“Investigation is a laborious process, and one cannot say at this stage whether Salwinder Singh is a witness or a suspect. At this moment, the question of arresting him does not arise,” added the spokesperson.
MHA officials said NIA’s field teams were examining several witnesses in the Pathankot airbase and outside, who were connected to the case and could share information on it. Asked if Singh’s jeweller friend Rajesh Verma, who was also allegedly abducted by the terrorists before his throat was slit, would also be summoned to the NIA headquarters, “That will be decided depending on his medical condition, and if the need arises. NIA teams have questioned Verma and Gopal in Punjab,” NIA said.

About the ongoing probe, the spokesperson added, “A Black Corner Notice is being issued through Interpol tomorrow for identification of four slain terrorists. A ten-member team of the NIA, led by a Deputy Inspector General, is continuing with the search operation in Punjab. An AK-47 magazine, mobile phone and binoculars have been recovered from the encounter sites in the airbase. Search operations will continue.”

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  1. T
    Jan 11, 2016 at 6:26 am
    Drug trade facilitators in the BSF and Punjab Police need to be identified and prosecuted.
    1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
      Jan 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm
      BJP must stop sleeping with the Akalis and bust the drug racket immediately. People have already lost all faith in government's desire to fight corruption. The same UPA culture is continuing and the people of India is taken for a gala ride
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        Anu Luthra
        Jan 12, 2016 at 9:23 am
        People like Salwinder singh are traitors. They should be hanged til death.
        1. A
          Jan 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm
          The main reason seems to be easy entry of stani Terrorists in Pathankot is rooted to illegal drugs rackets existing in India and stan and therein involvement of BSF and Punjab police which can not be ruled out completely. Without their active support no such trades would be carried out by Drug Mafias who have been destroying youths of punjab which is very dangerous to all specially the state of Punjab. Therefore , involvement of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh must be investigated thoroughly and if found guilty then he must be hanged for helping Terrorists to approach towards Pathankot Air Base and helping Drug Mafias in his long service as Police Officer.
          1. I
            Jan 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm
            I always feel the Indian sub-continent has been a unique place in respect of collective harm done to it more by natives at the behest of foreigners than foreigners themselves. Now that the natives belong to a country known as India by name, they ought to have some sense of pride or nationalism and do it some good. But, then, it is also true; old habits die hard. And, we have this guy, slave of slaves, always criticizing.
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