Gurdaspur encounter ends, all terrorists killed

High alert has been sounded across the border after the terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2015 11:28 pm
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With the killing of all the three terrorists holed up inside Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab government declared the operation to be over at 5 pm, exactly 12 hours after the terror attack.

SP detective Gurdaspur Baljit Singh was killed in the attack besides two home guards and another policeman. Three civilians were also killed. As many as 18 persons including three police personnel have been injured.

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In a statement, Deputy CM Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal has declared that all the three terrorists have been killed.
He also commended the Punjab police to flush out the dreaded terrorists successfully who were hiding inside the Dinanagar police station.

Badal has also said that DGP, his team and SWOT commandos have done a commendable job and the courage shown by police officers deserves recognition.

He announced that the bus driver will also be honored by the state department who have saved passengers from the planned attack by terrorists.

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The state police has sounded an alert all across the border.

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5:34 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh to chair a high-level meeting at 6 PM on Gurdaspur terror incident.

5:00 pm: Terror attack over, all terrorists killed: Punjab police

2:40 pm: A high alert has been sounded in the national capital by the Delhi police with security being beefed up at busy public places and markets

1: 40 pm: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi has condemned the incident.

1:30 pm: SP (Detective) Baljit Singh was killed in the operation. Death toll goes up till 6.

10: 45 am: PM Narendra Modi will be meeting top ministers today after the heinous terror attack in Gurdaspur.

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10:43 am: A high alert has been sounded along the national highway between Jammu and Kathua, with checking stepped up at Lakhanpur which acts as an entry point tp Jammu Kashmir from neighbouring Punjab.

Meanwhile, the entire railway track between Jammu and Pathankot was checked with the help of dog squads and railway police personnel on Monday morning to rule out the possibility of sabotage by terrorists.

“The railway track in our area from Jammu to Pathankote is safe,’’ said SP Jammu Kashmir Railways Suram Singh. “Though we have been maintaining dominance on the tracks 24×7, we immediately pressed our dog squad and personnel to re-check it immediately after reports about terror attack in neighbouring Gurdaspur district of Punjab came in the morning,’’ Singh added.

10:38 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that both counter-insurgency and special forces are at the spot in Dinanagar.

10: 11 am: Army units from Gurdaspur and Pathankot are currently engaging with the terrorists. The Special Forces have already reached. The operation is being handled by a brigade commander.

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10:09 am: According to intelligence agencies, the terrorists could not enter J&K in view of multi-tier tight security involving police, para military and Army due to the ongoing Amarnath yatra, PM Narendra Modi’s visit and the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.

10:06 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweets on the attack.

9:53 am: Gurdaspur Civil Surgeon Dr Rajnish Sood said one of the cops had a bullet injury in the abdomen and the injury was being treated as “critical”. “The other six injured have manageable injuries,” he said.

9:51 am: At least seven people, including three police officers, have been injured in the attack. An encounter is currently on between the police and the terrorists. The Army has also reached the spot and is assisting the police to flush out the terrorists.

9: 49 am: Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter that the Gurdaspur attack is similar to the ones reported in the Jammu border belt.

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9: 15 am: The manner of taking over a car to attack a police station is also similar to the one which was adopted in Hiranagar in 2013 when three terrorists had stormed the police station there and then attacked a nearby Army unit.

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9: 10 am: Army units stationed in the Tibri military station in Gurdaspur have also been put on high alert and some columns have been moved to help the Punjab Police in their operation. BSF too has been put on alert all along the border with senior officials rushing to Dinanagar from the Punjab Frontier HQS of BSF in Jalandhar.

While initial reports suggest that the terrorists infiltrated from adjoining Hiranagar area of Jammu and entered Punjab near Pathankot, intelligence sources say the possibility of infiltration having taken place on the Punjab-J&K border south of Hiranagar cannot be ruled out.

“There are several riverine areas along with international border in this area where monsoon affords a possibility to cross due to swollen Ravi river and tall grass. The BSF too is forced to move back in these areas as their posts get flooded,” informed a senior military officer over phone.

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9:00 am: The Punjab Police has sounded an alert in all police stations along the Indo-Pak border in the state following the attack.

Sources say that the Army has moved in its Special Forces troops by helicopter from nearby Jammu to take over the operation of flushing out the terrorists from the police station and neutralising them. Special Forces, bomb disposal squads and other support elements of the Army are expected to reach the encounter site any time soon.

8:45 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh confirmed that MHA is monitoring the situation in Gurdaspur. He also spoke to Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal.

8:30 am: Five bombs were also found on the Amritsar-Pathankot railway track.

(Inputs from Chandigarh and agencies)