In a major security breach, an NRI crashed his Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) through three sets of border gates at the Attari-Wagah crossing with Pakistan, in the early hours of Monday. The incident literally caught the Border Security Force (BSF) napping. The man, identified as Canadian national Surinder Singh Kang, was taken into custody after he crashed his car straight into the Pakistan gate.
The gate where Kang’s SUV finally came to a halt falls in the high security zone. Though the reports indicate that Pakistan Rangers caught hold of Kang and then handed him and his vehicle over to BSF upon the latter’s request, the BSF denied it.
In an official statement released on Monday morning, the BSF said: “On November 15, 2015, at about 03:50 hrs, a suspected person with one Scorpio vehicle was apprehended by a BSF sentry deployed at the Swarn Jyanti Dwar, Joint Check Post Attari, Amritsar. During preliminary questioning, the apprehended person revealed his identity as Surender Singh Kang (age approximately 42 years), resident of Adharman village, Nakodar tehsil, Jalandhar Police Station. He disclosed that he is a permanent citizen of Canada and staying there since 1995.”
The BSF had incidentally on Sunday announced that it had increased vigil on the international border in wake of the Paris terrorist attack. While the BSF prevented the media from visiting the accident site, pictures of the SUV crashed against the Pakistani gates were put out by the Pakistani media.
After preliminary questioning, BSF handed over Kang to the Punjab Police. BSF Inspector General of Police Anil Palliwal said: “There was no lack of security. We can’t open fire on any vehicle on the Indian side in a hurry. A vehicle was apprehended but we avoided opening fire. Vehicles of customs and immigration officials also move here. We have ordered an inquiry. This inquiry will not only look into this incident but also suggest what steps should be taken to avoid such episodes in the future”.