Gurdaspur terror attack: GPS shows terror team from Pakistan, got help from drug cartel too

The GPS sets, which guide users along tracks marked by digital “waypoints”, have often been used by terrorists to operate in unfamiliar environments, most famously during the 26/11 strikes in Mumbai.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2015 7:16 am
Terrorist Attack in Punjab, Terrorist Attack in Gurdaspur, Gurdaspur Attack, Punjab Attack, Punjab Terrorism, Punjab Terror Attack, Terror Attack in Punjab, Gurdaspur Terror Attack, Attack in Punjab, Punjab News Today, Punjab Latest News Security personnel engage terrorists who stormed a police station in Dinanagar, Gurdaspur on Monday. (express Photo by: Rana Simranjit Singh)

Early inspection of data from global positioning sets carried by terrorists who carried out Monday’s attack in Gurdaspur suggests that the group launched its operation from across the border in Pakistan’s Shakargarh area, government sources have told The Indian Express. The sets recovered from the terrorists arrived in New Delhi Monday night for technical analysis.

READ: 7 killed in Gurdaspur terror strike, 12-hour firefight

The data could substantiate claims from top government officials that the attack originated in Pakistan. “We want peace with Pakistan, but not at the cost of national honour,” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is expected to make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday.

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Sources familiar with the investigation said the terror team is thought to have left a safehouse on the fringes of Gharot, a village not far from the Pakistani town of Shakargarh, late Sunday night.

Watch: Analysis of Gurdaspur Terror Attack With Praveen Swami

Travelling due east, the group then crossed a tributary of the Ravi river, and headed to the village of Bamial on the Indian side of the border.

gpsFrom Bamial, investigators believe, the group caught an early morning bus that took them to the highway 1A, which links Punjab with Jammu and Kashmir and on to Hiranagar, passing several police checkpoints along the way.

The GPS sets, which guide users along tracks marked by digital “waypoints”, have often been used by terrorists to operate in unfamiliar environments, most famously during the 26/11 strikes in Mumbai.

Earlier this month, Ministry of Home Affairs officials said, the Intelligence Bureau had issued multiple warnings of strikes on military stations of the 9 Corps, headquartered at Yol in Himachal Pradesh. The 26 Infantry Division, based in Jammu, and the 29 Infantry Division, based in Pathankot, were considered at special risk because of their proximity to areas where past cross-border terror strikes had taken place.

In one Intelligence Bureau warning, sources said, plans for an infiltrating group to travel east from Gharot had been mentioned, though no information was available on its planned target or date.

The military, officials said, had stepped up security at vulnerable detachments, a development which may have led the attackers to choose a vulnerable police station instead.

Even though the Raj Bagh police station in nearby Kathua had been attacked in March, the Punjab Police had not enhanced defence preparations at its facilities, police sources said.

Investigators, the sources said, are also examining the possible role of cross-border drug cartels in providing the attackers critical information — key among it, bus routes, and the choice of the poorly-guarded police station building at Dinanagar as a target.

In 2014, the BSF recovered a record 361 kg of heroin, mainly of Afghan origin, along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab. This year, over 125 kg has been seized.

“The Army has been very concerned about the scale of these narcotics operations,” a senior military official said, “because many of the cartels are known to have links to Pakistan’s intelligence service. We have been worried they are trading information for safe passage”.

Large gaps torn by monsoon floods in the electrified fencing which runs along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu may have helped the attackers, BSF officials said.

“Hundreds of metres of fence come down every year,” a BSF official said, “and the tall elephant grass which springs up after the rains provides infiltrators plenty of cover”.

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First Published on: July 28, 2015 4:36 am
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    Thinker
    Jul 28, 2015 at 10:13 am
    every time something happen in india .. they blame stan quickly without investigating. indians please grow up..
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      raj5151235
      Jul 28, 2015 at 8:49 am
      we need to round up all the stray dogs in the country and ship them to the border. They will start to bark and alert our forces . New technology of night vision used to track wildlife clearly needs to be implemented.
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        Jim
        Jul 29, 2015 at 1:10 am
        My Dear Indian Friends If you think you can cross over stan like in 1971 .Divide it into two and enjoy life afterwards then let me ure that days of 1971 are long gone. Forget nuclear weapons. Even in conventional sphere, I ask what was your army and border security force was doing if four persons could cross border ,Board a bus and kill so many people. Maywhile I also ask what was that famous blue water navy and coast guard doing when as per you some people took a boat to Mumbai and safely roamed to cause all the mess. Why dont you see the flaw in narrative. stanis dont care whether you hold accountable those who are responsible to protect you but if you cross the bord er then simply remember that this is Not 71 and the number of hours it took your so called army to tackle just 16 individuals. We dont support terrorism. We suffered it in Peshawar but media war and real war are different. india put tanks in Golden Temple not us Remember . Indira Ghandi was killed by her guards not stan
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          khan
          Jul 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm
          AK47 ....Punjab police are also holding on roof top, internal drama
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            khan
            Jul 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm
            Can you please ask your army to deny it once pictures are released . You may deny one but can't run away that soldier standing is not Indian , post is not Indian , ASCOM is not Indian , quad copter is not Indian but you can't deny the voice recorded with video... Your media works in Bollywood style otherwise they will flop like movies. Why there is no press release from Indian army or government if these pictures were fake. Indians are very good in using filthy language on social media it is all because of Bollywood .
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              khan
              Jul 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm
              GPS imprints are the only evidence, give me GPS I will feed it that attack originated from modi office . Have some common sense in such sensitive issues don't jump to conclusion. stan is having material evidence that 142 children killed in scool attack was Indian sponsored , all 14 terrorists involved their financiers and the Kandhar Indian counslate conversation is available even then stan is dealing it maturely through diplomacy. Baluchistan interference , Karachi MQM spinster in are important to stan. Have DNA of these terrorists and share information with stan . How with in 25 minutes statement comes that terrorists from norowal has entered India . Either India was in contact with terrorists or was dramatised by government.
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                khan
                Jul 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm
                I think Indian 65% area is fighting for independence due to few people arrogance more people per day are killed in these areas than stan . Khalistan , Kashmir , Mizoram ,am ,Nagaland ,bodoland ,chatesgarh , Tamil nado...samjotha express ,issrat jehan ,Gujarat riots , Babri masjid , Christian burning , Dalits and so on. I think SOUTH STAN is becoming reality
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                  khan
                  Jul 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm
                  It's already qabristan but for Indian army.
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                    khan
                    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:30 am
                    Thank you India . 1971 helped stan reorganise defence forces resulting in India defeat at kargil. 1971 resulted in 65% India fighting for independence like Khalistan ,Kashmir , am ,Mizoram ,Nagaland ,bodoland , Tamil nado, chatisgarh etc. thank you vajpaye for nuclear tests as stan also became nuclear although no need for India as India tested earlier. Thank you vajpaye for cold start strategy which gave stan chance to redesign troops to capture major cities in quick go.thank you India for starting missile tests as stan today possess world best tactical as well as long range nuclear capable missile.thank you India for fencing border today India says it was easy to maintain non fenced border. Thank you vajpaye for closing air corridor thus opening new way to stan , in future once stan closes its air space to India then India is cutoff from USA, Iran,Afghanistan ,Europe and Central Asian countries. Indians you are always great help to stan
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                      khan
                      Jul 29, 2015 at 2:16 am
                      What filthy Bollywood style language , this speak of family brought up
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                        khan
                        Jul 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm
                        Why to produce cycle stan just got purchase order from two Asian countries for its fighter jet JF17 . Why India is paying 65% bills to stan for air traffic. Can you supply anything to Central Asia without stan begging. By the way stan Sohrab cycle is 10 times tougher than Indian
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                          khan
                          Jul 28, 2015 at 11:33 pm
                          You know 1971 has opened venue for many Indian state to fight for independence like Khalistan ,Kashmir ,Mizoram , Tamil nado , am ,bodoland , chatsgarh and so on. At the end just weigh was that war won or lost. Indian 65% area is fighting like miktibahni against India . As you sow so shall you ...
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                            Sing is
                            Jul 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm
                            This seems internal plan of RAW. A state planned activity to blame stan and divert their attention from operation against terrorist on western borders.
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                              Muhannad Ellahee
                              Jul 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm
                              If only you gave Kashmir back to stan (oringinaly is) then there wouldn't of been an issue
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                                Pat
                                Jul 28, 2015 at 6:45 am
                                Stop these singers and actors latest salman khan for using useless singers who are zero in front if Bharatiya talent. Kick them out who are spies and duping and back stabbing Our people. Throw all anti Indians across butt srk kabir khan salman adnan altaf we have abhijit singh to z singers these novice useless talent can go for a toss. Our people and their lives are precious
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                                  Pakibakchod
                                  Jul 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm
                                  To many jahil s have come hear to berk with some kashmiri separist or deguise in champcha also, to kashmiri chamcha"india mein ho isloye itna bakwas kar pa raheim ho", and about tax money there is many kashmiri clg students who cliams to be separTist but doing clg studies taking scrship program from Indian clges think about stoping that also, or s what u r talking about peshwar school attack done by india is nothing more another lie if u hav so many proof why didnot ur govt gave to UN, u may like to believe daydreaming a consipiracy but we dont, and about gps proof it an amarican device the data is stored also in history on satelite locating the device data if the data is showing they came from stan then they are from their because info is taken from satelite giving location detalis to that device use atleast 3 satelities to do that records the destination, but ofcourse to u a toy made in china used by ur police is indian drone but a gps location which uses international satelites info is of False info by india, u r country status is known to the world if u still like to belief in conspiracy its ur fault u canot blame any other for that .last If the blood shed continue there may be no steping back.
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                                    Amrita
                                    Jul 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm
                                    Hard to believe you are an Indian national? If so you are a disgrace to the country which feeds you.
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                                      Arun Murthy
                                      Jul 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm
                                      Anything said by Praveen Swami should be taken with a pinch of salt. Cross verify it after a couple of weeks with other reports.
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                                        bond
                                        Jul 29, 2015 at 3:49 am
                                        Jim aka hidden Porki, You need to listen to stani political analyst about where your country is headed without the American aid. You would remain forever beggars, nothing more.
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                                          bond
                                          Jul 29, 2015 at 3:48 am
                                          stan is a rogue state....waiting to be crushed under the weight of its own contradictions. It's a matter of time.
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                                            bond
                                            Jul 29, 2015 at 3:50 am
                                            We just heard from Altaf Hussain and Imran Khan that stan is a sponsor of terrorism.
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