Pathankot attack: NIA to put Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh under lie detector test

Singh's car was hijacked by terrorists before they entered the Pathankot IAF base on the intervening night of December 31 and January one.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2016 5:48 am
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As part of its investigations in the Pathankot terror attack, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) hopes to make Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh undergo a polygraph, or lie-detection, test next week to check whether he is speaking the truth.

Allegedly kidnapped by terrorists before the attack, Singh was questioned for the fifth consecutive day Friday at the NIA headquarters in the Capital. “We will seek court orders for his polygraph test,” an NIA officer said.

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Even as the agency probes how the attack was carried out, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met Friday, along with top officers from their departments, and discussed “takeaways” from the Pathankot incident, officials said.

They discussed steps to strengthen prevention, detection and thwarting of such attacks in future. Upgrading intelligence and technology to foil terror attacks was one of the key issues discussed, according to information.

It was decided that a security audit will be carried out for all vulnerable stations — of the armed forces, paramilitary forces, and the police.

According to a Home Ministry release, the ministers appreciated work done by both the intelligence agencies, in giving advance warning of the attack, and the security agencies, who effectively met the challenge and minimised possible damage.

The need to have a better media communication strategy was also discussed in the
meeting. It was decided that in case of such attacks in future, the media is “best briefed by authorised persons on the spot”.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and senior officers from both ministries took part in the meeting.