Pathankot attack: On Dec 31, 9 Pakistan calls on taxi driver’s phone; one incoming, eight outgoing

Sources said police went through phone call details of Ikagar and found that he received a call from Pakistan which was followed by eight calls made to the other side in quick succession.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: January 6, 2016 7:51 pm
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With questions being asked on how six terrorists managed to reach Pathankot airbase undetected, Punjab police began probing the “possible role of a smuggler-terrorist nexus” as a facilitator. Police are also studying nine phone calls to Pakistan — the first was an incoming call and the other eight were calls made to Pakistan — from the mobile phone of taxi driver Ikagar Singh whose body was found at a spot before the Katloh bridge over the Ravi.

Senior officers told The Indian Express that the first call was made to Ikagar from Pakistan on New Year’s Eve and, after a gap of about half-an-hour, as many as eight calls were made to Pakistan from his phone.

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Sources said police went through phone call details of Ikagar and found that he received a call from Pakistan which was followed by eight calls made to the other side in quick succession.

“Had it been the other way round, that is, if the first call was made from his phone to the other side, we would have thought his phone was used by the terrorists. But his receiving a call had us interested,” sources said.

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“We cannot rule out anything at this juncture. That is why we checked his call details of one year but there was no call made to Pakistan or received by him from there. We are investigating… The story he gave his family about taking someone to a hospital turned out to be untrue… It is too early to say anything but we are looking at every angle,” sources said.

Meanwhile, police have also checked on the claims of Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh who said he had been abducted by terrorists and dumped.

“It is true that he had gone to the religious place in Narot Jaimal Singh he mentioned. This was verified from the managers there. He narrated the whole story to police several times. We are yet to decide what is to be done next. Everything cannot be disclosed at this juncture as this could affect investigations,” police sources said.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:52 am
    Then the questions becomes even more important now. They killed the taxi driver, but let the SP and his friends go? This story is getting from bad to worse!
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      Jai Kumar
      Jan 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm
      Police officials and drug mafia are hand in glove. For a few lacks the police let in the Drugs, for a crore they let in the terrorists.
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        MyTake
        Jan 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm
        What if Ikagar had someone to receive and call on behalf of him previously except that on that night Pak handler decided to talk to him directly, knowing soon he will be dead?
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          MyTake
          Jan 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm
          New Year's Day appear to be a vulnerable day for last couple of years. Most of the time something happens on this day. Is it because they think most of the establishment will be drunk on this day?
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            Nathan
            Jan 6, 2016 at 12:08 am
            The Great NSA of the Great United States uses surveillance to intercept and hear all telephone calls. When a call is received from stan it should have been monitored and immediate actions must have been taken by sleuths. Timely actions would have prevented loss of precious human lives.
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              aleem
              Jan 6, 2016 at 1:36 pm
              I am surprised that many Indians take a very simplistic view on such incidents by taking comfort when media points finger at stan. These terrorist were heavily armed - is anyone in India asking their security forces how such a large quany of ammunition was smuggled in without anyone knowing it and how it went un-checked into the air base. I think authorities in India need to tell people who the facilitators were in their own territory helping the so-called terrorists operating from stan. On the other hand stan has realised that blame game is not going to solve their internal security problems, the army is taking action by identifying terrorist, finding their hideouts and killing them - stan has lost over 50K lives by blaming others and not doing enough in the past. The entire country is supporting the army action without giving too much attention to some media reports that India may be involved in creating disruptions - they want to see action against the perpetrators inside their own country. Please don't misguide Indians that majority of the terrorist attacks in India will be successful if planned from outside their country. What message are you giving to terrorists in the world. Is this not the state of mind of a failed state, which is so vulnerable to outside attacks. By blaming ISI all the time are we suggesting that they outwit RAW, it is unbelievable . I think that terrorism is a menace that we all need to fight as a united force through effective consultation rather confrontation. stanis and Indians live in harmony and are good friends overseas, why not in our own countries. I don't think common stani or Indian wakes up in the morning thinking about how to harm each other. They want peace, and I am one of them. Let's be friends and give clear signals to terrorist that we will get rid of them as we stand united against them.
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                Karunakaran
                Jan 6, 2016 at 12:11 am
                It has been reported in the past that Indians consume at least 17 tonnes of heroin each year, and that 70% of the Punjabis are heroin addicts. Of the 17 tonnes, it is quite likely at least 10 tonnes comes from the Golden Crescent - Afghanistan, Iran and stan - into India through the Punjab international border. Of course, there is also the unrefined form of drugs which could run into several 10s of tonnes at least. So the trade in drugs in huge. Is it not amazing that India seems to be doing absolutely nothing to curb this illegal trade? Of course, all levels of security personnel would have some finger in the pie. The terrorists will always use this channel to find easy access to do whatever they want to do.
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                  ASincereIndian
                  Jan 6, 2016 at 6:50 am
                  God, when would these media bofoons realize the sensitivity of information? They lack professional ethics.
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                    Kaliyug
                    Jan 6, 2016 at 12:25 am
                    BJP needs Badal's support to be on the seats of power, so there cannot be any honest investigation coming out of this.
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