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Jammu or Punjab? No clarity on attackers’ route

The authorities in both Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab shrugged off the possibility of the terrorists crossing over into India from their side of the border.

While GPS coordinates indicated that terrorists behind the Dinanagar attack came from Pakistan, the authorities in both Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab shrugged off the possibility of the terrorists crossing over into India from their side of the border.

“We carried out a comprehensive exercise on the borders today. The information with BSF is that the terrorists did not enter from any place along the  Punjab border with Pakistan,” BSF Inspector General (Punjab Frontier) Anil Paliwal said.

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Meanwhile, to find out the possible route taken by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to reach Dinanagar in Punjab from Pakistan, a team of Jammu & Kashmir Police travelled along the nearly 40-km long International Border, right from Hiranagar to Dinanagar police station on Tuesday.

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The team led by DIG Jammu-Kathua range, Ashkoor Wani, however, claimed that it did not find any traces of breach by terrorists along the border up to the last BSF post — Paharpur falling in Kathua district of Jamnu.

Sources said that it made no sense that terrorists, after sneaking into Hiranagar sector from Pakistan side, would travel nearly 40 km to first plant bombs on a railway track near Dinanagar police station, and then mount an attack on the local police station there.

Pointing out that Dinanagar railway station was hardly 12 km away from the International Border in Punjab, sources claimed there was a possibility that the terrorists sneaked into the area from Pagaripur post, where river Ujh acts as dividing line between the two countries.

This was the only shortest infiltration route available to them from Pakistan side, sources said, adding the terrorist outfits across the border were acutely aware of intensified vigil in the state especially in view the PM’s recent visit, ongoing Amarnath Yatra and the approaching Indepen-dence Day celebrations.

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Meanwhile, DIG Wani —who visited the Dinanagar police station where the encounter took place — said: “We have come here to offer our help to our Punjab counterparts in the probe as Dinanagar and Kathua districts have similar topography and have common rivers flowing between them… I have shared information with the Punjab cops as the attack was similar to the ones carried out in Jammu and Kashmir in the past.” He said Kashmiri militants “of late were not carrying such attacks” and the “GPS data also showed that militants came from Pakistan.”

However, the Punjab Director General of Police, Sumedh Saini, said that analysis of GPS devices indicated that the terrorists crossed into the Indian side from Dhussi Bandh (river embankment), adding that the same terrorists planted bombs on railway track.

First published on: 29-07-2015 at 01:59:54 am
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